North Logan man confesses to string of recent DUI’s

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

LOGAN — A 41-year-old North Logan man has confessed to driving under the influence of alcohol twice last fall within a six week period. Dustin J. Hansen accepted a plea deal. The agreement dropped one of the three cases against him.

Hansen appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He pleaded guilty to two DUI counts, a third-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped the remaining DUI and six other misdemeanors against him.

Hansen was first arrested in September 2018. He was arrested again a month later, and then a third 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 hearing, Cache County Chief Prosecutor Spencer Walsh said both charges were enhanced to felonies because Hansen was previously convicted of two similar DUI’s in the past 10 years.

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

Hansen is scheduled to be sentenced September 23. He could face up to 5-years in prison.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler previously asked 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 had objected the request due to the severity of the charges.

Following Monday’s hearing, Demler said he is continuing to pursue the Drug Court option for his client.

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