A federal magistrate has fined a Gustavus man $1,500 dollars for driving while intoxicated on federal park land.
James Albert Olivit, 51, was arrested on Sunday after he was contacted by a Park Law Enforcement officer inside Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Olivit had just been in a motorcycle accident, appeared intoxicated and unsteady on his feet.
Charging documents indicate that he failed a field sobriety test and blew a point-205 percent blood alcohol content.
Olivit was charged with a federal misdemeanor of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Appearing before Magistrate Leslie Longenbaugh in U.S. District Court in Juneau on Monday, Olivit entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to time already served at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. In addition to the fine, Olivit will be on supervised release for one year and he is prohibited from driving or operating a motor vehicle in the park.
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