North Logan man hoping for court rehab program instead of prison after 3rd DUI

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

LOGAN — A 41-year-old North Logan man is hoping to avoid prison after being arrested three times for driving under the influence of alcohol. Dustin J. Hansen was first arrested on September 13, 2018. He was arrested again a month later, and then a third time on January 26, 2019, on similar charges.

According to court records, Hansen appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He’s been charged with three counts of driving under the influence, a third-degree felony; and six misdemeanors.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler asked Judge Thomas Willmore to allow Hansen’s cases to be transferred to a court rehabilitation program. Drug Court is overseen by a judge and requires weekly participation in rehab and counseling, to avoid incarceration or receive a lighter sentence.

Prosecutors have objected to Hansen being admitted to the program previously, due to the severity of the charges.

Judge Willmore said he would allow Demler and Hansen to plead their case before the Drug Court board but wouldn’t say whether he will be admitted. He ordered them to appear July 30.

According to arrest reports, police officers witnessed Hansen allegedly 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 and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

Later, on the night of January 26, 2019, Hansen was observed by a citizen at a gas station. The witness claimed that the suspect appeared to be under the influence.

Hansen refused to undergo a field sobriety test when officers arrived and detected the order of alcohol. He was booked again into the Cache County Jail.

Hansen is currently out of jail on pre-trial supervision after posting bail. As part of being released, Judge Willmore previously ordered that he wear an ankle monitor and undergo random alcohol testing. He also can not operate any vehicle, and possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

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1 Comment

  • Bm. July 23, 2019 at 7:13 am Reply

    I had a family member see this guy driving just this Sunday.

    The thing that bothers me most is that even after multiple DUIs, he’s been allowed to continue grooming Snow at a local ski resort. I have chosen not to patronize that ski resort over Mr Hansen’s Issues.

    If they are so easy to disregard safety of their patrons by letting this dude operate equipment, what other safety violations are they ignoring?

    He’s had enough chances to change. He could have gone to rehab after his first or second DUI. Why give him another chance for him to ruin someone else’s life because he decides he wants to drink and drive?

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