Man pleads guilty to charges |

Man pleads guilty to charges

Gary E. Salazar

— A 78-year-old decorated combat pilot has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last summer.

On Wednesday morning, Robin Olds pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and resisting arrest for the incident that occurred in the early morning hours of July 12.

In return for the guilty plea to the two charges, Deputy District Attorney Charles Lance agreed to dismiss a felony, vehicular eluding, and a minor traffic offense, weaving.

Olds is a retired brigadier general who was a World War II ace and a legendary pilot in the Vietnam War. About a week after his arrest, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.

Because of the guilty pleas, Olds will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Jan. 23.

For the drunken-driving charge, Olds could be fined as little as $300 or as much as $1,000. He could also be sentenced to five days in jail or as much as one year. The charge also carries community service, 48 to 96 hours.

For the resisting charge, he faces a fine between $250 and $1,000. He also faces three to 12 months in jail.

According to court records, a Steamboat Springs officer had to take Olds to the ground when he would not cooperate during the arrest.

Once Olds was in custody, he was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance and treated for facial cuts.

An officer attempted to stop the vehicle Olds was driving on Pine Grove Road. Olds did not stop for the officer until he reached his residence on Clubhouse Drive.

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