UConn forward Tyler Olander plead guilty Monday morning to driving without a license and prosecutors decided not to pursue the more serious charge he was facing of driving under the influence.
Olander, accompanied by his attorney and watched by his family, appeared briefly before Judge Jorge Simon in Rockville Superior Court. He was ordered to pay a $75 fine for the driving without a license infraction but the other two charges he was facing from his Sept. 7 arrest were nolled by the state.
State’s attorney Cynthia Baer said in court that Olander was pulled over on Route 195 just north of North Eagleville road after an officer said he “made several jerky steering maneuvers within his lane of travel.”
Although Olander failed a field sobriety test according to police, a later test of his blood alcohol content revealed it to be below the .08 legal limit.
“We’re happy the state viewed the science in the matter, because I believe the science was on our side,” Rob Britt, Olander’s attorney, said afterward.
Olander was suspended from the basketball team two days after his arrest.
“I’m happy it’s behind me and that I can move forward,” Olander said. “I’m going to focus on academics and keeping myself mentally and physically in shape.”
Olander says he isn’t sure if or when he’ll return to the Huskies but he certainly plans to.
“That’s my goal. God willing, I’ll be back,” Olander said.
The E.O. Smith product also said he hoped fans don’t get the wrong impression of him.
“I hope they don’t see these past incidents as a reflection of who I am,” said Olander, who was also arrested for trespassing while on spring break in Florida, though that charge was later dismissed. “I hope they can see me as a good kid that made some mistakes, as everybody does.”