Wayne County GOP leader Daniel Olson expected to resign after DWI | News
Wayne County’s Republican Party chairman is expected to resign following his second driving while intoxicated arrest in three years last weekend.
Daniel A. Olson, 61, of 2728 Layton Street Road, Lyons, was charged Friday, Feb. 8 with felony driving while intoxicated, refusal of a breath test, failing to stop at a stop sign and operating without headlights, Lyons police said.
Police said Olson allegedly drove through a snow bank as he left a liquor store in Lyons without turning his headlights on. Police said they stopped Olson along Montezuma Street, where field sobriety tests revealed he was intoxicated, although he refused to take a breath test.
Olson has been GOP committee chairman for more than 20 years and was also a longtime Victor High School teacher. Republican Committee First Vice Chair Bob Oaks who is also a state assemblyman, said Monday that county GOP leaders will meet at a yet-to-be-determined datem at which time Olson intends to resign his position as chairman. Upon Olson’s resignation, Oaks will become acting chairman — a position he held years ago — until the committee elects someone to take over the position. Oaks said the normal cycle for electing a chairman is two years. Olson’s term would have ended in September.
“Dan has provided 20-plus years of outstanding leadership and thousands of hours as the committee chairman,” Oaks said. “He obviously has some personal challenges he has to confront. My heartfelt thoughts will be with him.”
Olson’s previous charge
On Aug. 29, 2010, Olson was charged after deputies, state police and Alton fire and ambulance were called to the intersection of Preemption and Ridge roads in Sodus, where a witness saw Olson drive through the intersection and go off the road. The right side of Olson’s car hit a concrete water meter station, owned by the Wayne County Water Authority, causing damage to both the car and the structure. That night, the witness told deputies that after the accident, Olson backed his car into the woods and shut it off. Olson’s blood alcohol content was .27 percent — more than three times the legal limit.
In October 2010, Olson pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated and received a one-year conditional discharge and had to pay $1,400 in fines and surcharges. He was also ordered to have an ignition interlock device — which stops a person drinking alcohol from starting the car — installed in his vehicle for up to one year. His license was also revoked.
Olson, who was released on his own recognizance following the arrest, is scheduled to appear in Lyons Village Court tonight. Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy had no comment on Olson’s arrest.