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Story last updated at 9:46 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Man arrested again for DUI

A Homer man convicted of driving under the influence on April 29 was arrested again for DUI this week. Homer Police arrested Jack W. Olesch, 53, on May 8, and charged him with DUI, driving while license revoked, avoidance of ignition interlock device, refusal to submit to a chemical test and six counts of violating condition of release.

According to a criminal complaint, a clerk at the Safeway liquor store called police at 9:55 a.m. Sunday to report a man drove away after being told he couldn't buy alcohol because he was drunk. Officer Ryan Browning caught up with the suspect, later identified as Olesch, near another liquor store on Pioneer Avenue.

Browning alleged he saw Olesch stagger down stairs from the liquor store. Browning also wrote that Olesch failed field sobriety tests and blew a .247 percent breath-alcohol level on a preliminary breath test, three times the .08 percent threshold for DUI. Olesch refused a second test at the Homer Jail, Browning alleged.

Last month, Judge Margaret Murphy sentenced Olesch to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, a $2,000 fine with $500 suspended, revoked his license for 90 days, ordered him to install an ignition interlock device for six months and placed him on probation for two years.

In the judgment, Murphy noted that Olesch was to be taken to jail immediately if caught consuming alcohol. He was to report to jail on May 25.

A clerk at the second liquor store was issued a summons for violating liquor laws by selling alcohol to Olesch, said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl.