Is it something in Lynnwood’s water? State DUI king Robert Castle, 51, of Lynnwood racked up 16 drunk-driving arrests before he was finally collared for good this year. Now runner-up Todd Olson, 47, of Lynnwood, has gone to prison for his 10th DUI. Reports the Everett Herald:
Prosecutors charged him with the felony DUI and two misdemeanors [in May] after he hit a car stopped at a traffic light on Highway 99 and drove off. Police found him at home. He was staggering drunk, officers reported. Olson refused to take a Breathalyzer test. At the time, his driver's license was suspended and he'd been convicted of nine DUIs, including six in the last decade.
"That is mind-boggling," Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Ed Stemler wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Bruce Weiss apparently agreed. He gave Olson the max: seven years in prison for felony drunken driving, hit-and-run and first-degree driving with a suspended license.
Olson blamed his record on his inability to kick alcohol. He’d been drinking since he was a boy, he said. Well, Weiss asked Olson, if you knew you had an alcohol problem, why didn't you stay at home and drink? That's asked a lot in DUI court.