Nikiski's McGlasson faces new charge

DUI arrest may complicate probation of local hockey player

A Nikiski man on probation for his role in the death of a college student in Wisconsin in 2010 was arrested Christmas Eve for driving under the influence.

Jedidiah R. McGlasson, 23, of Nikiski, was stopped by police at 2:56 a.m. Monday in Kenai after he failed to stop at a stop sign, said Sgt. Ben Langham of the Kenai Police Department.

McGlasson had a preliminary blood-alcohol reading of .078 and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. The arresting officer reported McGlasson had bloodshot and watery eyes, and that he initially stated he had consumed one beer at The Back Door, then later said he had drank one rum and coke.

McGlasson has not been arraigned and has not yet entered a plea for the DUI charge. An arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 8, 2013 in Kenai Court, but McGlasson filed a request to hold that hearing sooner so he could return to college on Dec. 30.

Following McGlasson’s arrest, Langham learned he was on probation in connection with the Sept. 23, 2010, death of Bradley L. Simon, a 22-year-old University of Wisconsin-Stout student, and contacted probation officials in Wisconsin as is standard procedure.

McGlasson pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge on Nov. 18, 2011, and was fined $243 and sentenced to 90 days in jail, one year of probation and 200 hours of community service. Charges of party to the crime of felony murder and aggravated battery were dismissed.

McGlasson served 30 days in jail, according to Dunn County Jail staff. If he completed his community service by Nov. 30, the remaining 60 days of his jail sentence would be vacated, according to court records.

McGlasson is scheduled to be released from probation in April, said Jackie Guthrie, a Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokeswoman. If it is determined he violated his probation in Alaska, he would have to return to Wisconsin and face some type of punishment.

McGlasson’s arrest came 10 days after a Dunn County jury awarded Simon’s parents, Philip and Kathy Simon of Waunakee, Wis., $591,000, concluding a wrongful death suit the couple and their son’s estate filed in January 2011. McGlasson and Jared C. Britton, a former UW-Stout hockey player, were among the defendants named in the suit.

The jury concluded Britton, 25, of Maplewood, Minn., and McGlasson, who now attends Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., where he plays hockey, were responsible for Bradley Simon’s death.

They chased Simon, who was fleeing from them on a bicycle on Sept. 18, 2010, in downtown Menomonie after an altercation at the Log Jam tavern.

Simon crashed on the bike and struck his head. Witnesses said they saw either Britton or McGlasson push the bicycle. Simon, McGlasson and Britton had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. Simon died five days later.

Britton and McGlasson were suspended permanently from the UW-Stout hockey team and expelled from the university. Britton was found not guilty in July 2011 of criminal charges resulting from the incident.

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect accurate preliminary blood-alcohol readings. 

Christena O’Brien can be reached at christena.obrien@ecpc.com.

Peninsula Clarion reporter Brian Smith contributed to this report. He can be reached at brian.smith@peninsulaclarion.com.

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