Man arrested on DUI charges for allegedly destroying truck after getting it stuck

Truck fire near 4800 W. 1400 S. Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020 (Courtesy: Cache County Sheriff's Office)

MENDON — A 45-year-old Mendon man was arrested for driving under the influence early Wednesday morning after he allegedly set his truck on fire trying to drive through a muddy field. Christopher D. Olsen was booked into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of a misdemeanor DUI and criminal mischief.

Jail booking photo for Christopher D. Olsen (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)

Cache County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Bilodeau said a deputy responded to a vehicle fire around 7 a.m. The truck was out in a field, near a pond at approximately 4800 W. 1400 S., between Mendon and Wellsville.

“The vehicle was some distance out in the field and had gotten stuck,” explained Bilodeau. “The operator of the vehicle had kept trying to get the vehicle out, flooring the accelerator, causing the vehicle to eventually overheat and start on fire.”

Fire fighters were dispatched to the scene. They were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to any nearby brush. The truck, however, was a total loss and had to be removed by a towing company.

Photos of the fire showed the blaze destroyed everything but the metal frame of the truck.

Photo of burned out motor after truck fire near 4800 W. 1400 S. Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020 (Courtesy: Cache County Sheriff’s Office)

Bilodeau said as deputies began investigating, they noted that Olsen showed signs of being under the influence of prescription medication.

“When deputies arrived, they administered a field sobriety test after the fire personnel put out the vehicle. It was determined that the driver was under the influence and not capable of operating the motor vehicle.”

Olsen was taken into custody without incident. Formal charges are pending the completion of deputies’ investigation.

Bilodeau said Olsen has been arrested on a similar DUI in the past.

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  • Evan May 27, 2020 at 9:38 pm Reply

    I wonder how the police are going to get the DUI charges to stick. How do they prove he was under the influence while he was operating the vehicle? I’m not a lawyer, but watching a truck burn isn’t part of the legal definition of “operating.” There was plenty of time after the truck caught on fire to take a pill or two to calm his nerves. It was, after all, prescription medication, which is itself still legal for now. (Even in Utah!) It was a pretty safe decision to take a pill after exiting the vehicle since from the pictures it is pretty obvious that there was no way he was driving home. And if he told them he took the pills before he left home, how can the court trust the word of someone who is drugged???

    • Danny May 28, 2020 at 7:41 am Reply

      Officer Bilodeau, can’t explain, everything

  • Lynn May 28, 2020 at 3:13 pm Reply

    This article is misleading. It’s states he allegedly started his truck on fire but after reading you find out it was an accident from pushing accelerator too many times in an attempt to get it out of the field. Why does the officer feel the need to tell the public that this man was arrested on similar charges in the past. Does that mean he is guilty? This is definitely not a fair way to treat someone who may have been sleep walking because of a medication he was prescribed. Sounds like this accident was exaggerated to make a story for the newspaper even though it’s total crap after you read the facts. SAD

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