LOGAN — A 41-year-old North Logan man was sentenced to jail after being arrested eight times for drinking and driving. Dustin J. Hansen told the court he was embarrassed by his addictions, as he was ordered to serve 120 days behind bars.
Hansen was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence, a third-degree felony.
Hansen’s latest string of arrests began in September 2018. He was arrested again a month later, and then a final time in January 2019, all on similar charges.
According to arrest reports, police officers witnessed Hansen driving erratically and going into the oncoming lane of travel on the night of September 13, 2018. He was pulled over and arrested.
A month later, on October 30, police observed Hansen again allegedly driving under the influence and initiated a traffic stop. He was arrested on a similar DUI.
During Monday’s sentencing, Judge Thomas Willmore noted how Hansen had been arrested eight times, driving under the influence during the past 21 years. Seven of the arrests led to convictions. He angrily asked the defendant why he kept putting society in danger getting behind the wheel.
Judge Willmore told Hansen, “I don’t care if you drink, but for 21 years you have put our society at risk.”
Hansen said it has been really tough overcoming his alcohol addiction. He told the court, he hasn’t been strong enough in the past but expressed hope that with his family’s support he can continue to be sober.
Defense attorney Shannon Demler told the court how his client is a respected member in the community, managing a local ski resort, and organizing concerts and civic events. He explained, though, how alcohol had taken over Hansen’s life to the point he couldn’t control it at times.
Demler explained that he had tried to enroll Hansen into Drug Court, a weekly rehab program that is overseen by a judge. The program wouldn’t accept him, though, because of his alcohol arrests.
Demler said, “[Hansen] knows he is an alcoholic and can never have a drink.”
Judge Willmore ordered Hansen to be taken to jail immediately to begin his sentence. He also placed the defendant on probation for 10 years and threatened to send him to prison if he doesn’t stay sober.