North Logan man sentenced to jail for multiple DUI’s

Booking photo for Dustin J. Hansen (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

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.

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1 Comment

  • Kammy October 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Let me start by saying that ultimately, it is Mr. Hansen who chose to drink and get behind the wheel and thank God no one was killed or harmed. I too have children that drive on the same streets so I understand the outrage. The burden and consequences are on him BUT can we just address the failure of our system for both the community and for Mr. Hansen. Why oh why was he allowed to get 8 DUI’s? The judge was sanctimonious in his sentence asking repeatedly why Mr. Hansen does this. Obviously, he doesn’t know, he didn’t have an answer. I can’t imagine he’s proud of his actions but like so many others, alcoholism is a soul sucking disease that is no respecter of race, creed or standing within the community. Why was he turned away when his lawyer tried to get him assistance, and why did the judicial system wait for him to get 8…EIGHT DUI’S before doing something? As a community, we can only hope that he is able to reflect on his actions, that he gets the help he needs and can finally be a positive influence in some way within this community that has been affected by both Mr. Hansen AND the judicial system. Prayers for his friends and family during this life long and sad journey called alcoholism.

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