McGlasson pleads not guilty to DUI charge

Jedidiah R. McGlasson, of Nikiski, who is on probation for his role in the death of a Wisconsin college student in 2010, pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge Friday at the Kenai Courthouse.

 

Kenai Police arrested McGlasson early morning Christmas Eve after he failed to stop at a stop sign. McGlasson had a preliminary blood-alcohol reading of .078 and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests, said Sgt. Ben Langham.

The legal blood-alcohol limit in Alaska is .08 percent.

The court granted McGlasson an expedited arraignment so he could return to college on Dec. 30. Magistrate Matthew Christian set bail at $500, as well as additional conditions of release.

Among the conditions, the magistrate ruled McGlasson not depart from the state but wrote, “May go to (Minnesota) for college” in the margin of an affidavit.

McGlasson’s probation stems from his connection with the September 2010 death of Bradley L. Simon, a 22-year-old University of Wisconsin-Stout student. McGlasson and Jared C. Britton, both former UW-Stout hockey players, chased Simon, who was fleeing from them on a bicycle after an altercation at a bar. 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

McGlasson pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge on Nov. 18, 2011. Britton was found not guilty in July 2011 of criminal charges resulting from the incident.

A jury recently found in favor of Simon’s parents in a wrongful death suit the couple and their son’s estate filed in January 2011. McGlasson and Britton were among the defendants named in the suit.

Scheduled for release from probation in April, McGlasson may be required to return to Wisconsin and face punishment if a court determines he violated his conditions of release, said Jackie Guthrie, a Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

McGlasson granted his attorney, Eric Derleth, consent to appear at court hearings in his absence. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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