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Two men face multiple charges after traffic stop

By Staff | Mar 30, 2011

Both tasered by law enforcement

Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that two local men were arrested on multiple charges as a result of a reckless driving complaint on Sunday evening.

According to the sheriff, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office had been contacted by Dickinson County Communications Center reporting a reckless driver heading east on Highway 9 toward Emmet County at 8:26 p.m. Six minutes later an Emmet County deputy observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and observed it driving in an erratic manner. A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle was stopped on 360th Avenue south of Highway 9. The sheriff’s deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle Troy Kevin Olson, 45, of rural Estherville and passenger Michael Ray Olson, 47, of rural Dolliver.

While investigating the situation officers were requested from the Estherville Police department to assist. The passenger Michael Olson exited the vehicle and was ordered to remain in the vehicle and did so. Later Olson exited the vehicle again at which time he was arrested for public intoxication, third and subsequent offense, and handcuffed by Estherville police officers.

During this arrest Olson became combative but was taken into custody. During the arrest, one officer was injured resulting in an additional charge of interference with official acts (an aggravated misdemeanor). Olson was then placed in an Estherville squad car where he kicked out both rear windows while being transported to the Emmet County Jail.

Michael Olson was transported to the Emmet County Jail and charged with public intoxication as a third and subsequent violation an (aggravated misdemeanor), criminal mischief, second degree a class D felony for damage to the Estherville Police squad car which is estimated at $4,700.

During the booking process at the Emmet County Jail, Olson continued to be combative and assaultive to officers resulting in the use of a taser. As a result, Olson was also charged with another count of interference with official acts that resulted in the injury to an officer in the jail (an aggravated misdemeanor), harassment first degree an (aggravated misdemeanor) and criminal mischief second degree (a class D felony) for destruction of a jail camera, two sets of handcuffs and a portable radio that was damaged.

The driver Troy Olson also would not comply with deputies on the scene so a taser was deployed and Olson was removed from the vehicle by sheriff’s deputies and an Estherville police officer.

During this event, Olson resisted deputies and during this arrest a sheriff’s deputy received minor injuries. Troy Olson was transported to the Emmet County Jail and booked for first offense OWI, interference with official acts resulting in an injury and improper use of lanes.

Both men appeared before Emmet County Magistrate John Kauer the following morning for their initial appearance.

Bond on Michael Olson was set at $45,500 cash or surety and bond on Troy Olson was set at $8,450 cash or surety.

Also assisting with the arrest was the Iowa State Patrol.