Police arrest subject of 2010 student death case for DUI

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KENAI, AK (WEAU) – A former UW-Stout hockey recruit who’s on probation for his role in the death of another student has been arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Alaska.

Jedidiah McGlasson, 23, was stopped by an officer at the intersection of Bridge Access Road and Frontage Road in Kenai, AK just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Sgt. Ben Langham of the Kenai Police Department says McGlasson had run a stop sign, and was given a battery of field sobriety tests and was found to have been intoxicated. Sgt. Langham says McGlasson’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that he told officers that he drank one beer at the Back Door sports bar, but later told them he drank one rum and Coke.

Sgt. Langham says a preliminary breathalyzer test shows that McGlasson’s blood alcohol content was .065 percent, but that a person doesn’t necessarily have to have a blood alcohol content of .08 percent to be charged with Driving Under the Influence in Alaska.

McGlasson is serving probation in connection with the 2010 death of Bradley Simon. He and Jared Britton were accused of pushing Simon, 23, off his bike in September 2010 after a fight at a Menomonie bar. Simon later died. McGlasson pleaded guilty to a charge of Disorderly Conduct in that case in November 2011, and charges of Felony Murder as a Party to a Crime and Aggravated Battery-Intending Bodily Harm as a Party to a Crime were dropped. A judge sentenced McGlasson to 90 days in jail and a year of probation in February 2012.

Britton, 25, was also charged in the case. He was acquitted in July 2011 at the end of a trial.

Sgt. Langham says the Kenai Police Department found that McGlasson was on probation at the time of his arrest, and contacted his probation office in Menomonie. That office then asked the Kenai Police Department to forward them information about McGlasson’s arrest. Sgt. Langham says it’s standard procedure for his department to make that kind of contact with any suspect who is on probation when arrested.

Jackie Guthrie, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, says McGlasson’s probation is scheduled to end in April 2013. She says McGlasson had permission to be in Alaska as part of his probation, but that the department will have to see how the Alaska case plays out to determine whether there were any violations.

Attorney Dan Rottier says, this month, a jury awarded $591,000 to Simon’s parents and his estate. It concluded a Wrongful Death lawsuit filed in Dunn County. Rottier says that is subject to a possible claim from a health insurance company for nearly $175,000 in medical expenses.

McGlasson is listed on the 2012-2013 Men's Hockey Roster at St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN.