Charges against Olander dropped
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 00:09
UConn men’s basketball player Tyler Olander’s legal issues have been resolved, as the senior forward pleaded guilty to driving without a license on Monday in Rockville Superior Court.
Despite the case being settled, Olander remains suspended from the men’s basketball program indefinitely after his second encounter with the law in 2013.
Olander, who was arrested on Sept. 7, was also charged with driving under the influence and driving/towing an unregistered vehicle. However, the state has decided to drop those charges.
The Mansfield native will pay a $75 fine for driving without a license.
According to a report from the Hartford Courant, Olander was driving the unregistered vehicle, which belongs to a friend, as a “designated driver” that night.
Olander failed field sobriety tests, but two breathalyzer tests after his arrest showed that his blood-alcohol content was under the legal limit of 0.08.
Olander was arrested in March while visiting Panama City, Fla. during spring break. He was found on private property and refused to leave when asked by police. The incident resulted in UConn coach Kevin Ollie stripping Olander of his captaincy. Olander was also not allowed to practice with his teammates.
Both of Olander’s arrests follow an incident in February involving UConn center Enosch Wolf, who was arrested after a domestic dispute in Hilltop Apartments. Charges were dropped against Wolf as a result of his successful completion of court-ordered counseling, but UConn decided to take Wolf’s scholarship away. Instead of remaining as a walk-on, Wolf signed with Telekom Baskets Bonn, a professional team in his native Germany.
With Wolf’s departure, Olander’s suspension and the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the eligibility of freshman Kentan Facey, the Huskies would have five forwards available to play if the season began right now – senior Niels Giffey, junior DeAndre Daniels, sophomores Leon Tolksdorf and Phil Nolan and freshman Amida Brimah.