Gold medalist arrested for DUI
November 12, 2010
A bobsledder who won a gold medal this year in the Vancouver Olympics is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in Summit County.
Summit County resident Steven Paul Holcomb, 30, was arrested and booked into the Summit County jail for allegedly driving under the influence Oct. 25, 2009. He was stopped on Ute Boulevard at about 2:30 a.m., according to Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Holcomb is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failure to obey a traffic control device, which are both misdemeanors.
Holcomb was charged in Summit County Justice Court on May 14. Prosecutors claimed the level of alcohol in Holcomb’s breath at the time of the crash was greater than the legal limit of .08 grams.
"His breath alcohol was .19," Bridge said.
When reached Wednesday, Summit County Attorney David Brickey insisted that nobody who is accused of drunken driving receives special treatment from his office.
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"The County Attorney’s Office does not treat individuals different based on income, their jobs or who they are," Brickey said. "I know who [Holcomb] is but that does not mean that he will receive a free pass for driving intoxicated."
Holcomb’s attorney is currently trying to have evidence in the case suppressed, according to Brickey.
Because he had not received a motion to suppress this week, Brickey said he could not comment about which evidence the attorney would like thrown out.
A motion hearing for Holcomb is scheduled in Summit County Justice Court Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
"It was reiterated to me who [Holcomb] is and that if he is convicted of a DUI it could affect his ability to travel to other countries," Brickey said. "That’s not a factor that we consider when we determine whether he drove intoxicated."
Court documents indicate Holcomb has pleaded not guilty in the case. His attorney, Jason Schatz, could not be reached for comment.
This year, Holcomb helped guide Team USA to its first four-man bobsled gold medal since 1948. Since winning gold Holcomb has made a number of media appearances, including interviews on "Late Night with David Letterman" and the "Today Show." Holcomb graduated from the Winter Sports School in the Park City area.
He could not be reached on his cell phone on Wednesday.