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South Range man charged with fifth OWI after hit-and-run

A South Range man accused of driving while intoxicated for a fifth time waived his preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Nov. 21.

Christopher Lee Olson, 46, faces one felony count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated as well as misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run, operating while revoked, failure to install ignition interlock and bail jumping. He remained in custody in the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, Dec. 6. Cash bail of $2,500 was set for Olson.

According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. Jake Engelman with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a hit-and-run incident in the town of Parkland on Nov. 9. The victim of the crash was following behind the truck that struck their vehicle and giving real-time updates.

Engelman caught up to the two vehicles and stopped the truck near the intersection of County Road E and County Road K. Engelman could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from the driver, identified as Olson. His eyes were glassy, his speech was slurred and his reactions were delayed. Olson reportedly told Engelman he'd been drinking vodka earlier in the day. A preliminary breath test showed a alcohol content level of 0.391.

Olson has four previous convictions for operating while intoxicated: three in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. Olson's driver's license was revoked and the South Range man was on probation at the time of the incident due to a April 16 conviction for fourth offense operating while intoxicated, according to online court records.

Olson's next court appearance was set for Jan. 14. If convicted, the felony count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.