World War II ace arrested on DUI charge


— A 78-year-old Steamboat Springs man scheduled to be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame later this month was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of drunken driving.

Robin Olds also faces charges of resisting arrest, eluding and weaving. Olds was booked into the Routt County Jail and later posted a $2,000 bond.

A Steamboat Springs officer had to use force to arrest Olds after a traffic stop just after 2 a.m. on Clubhouse Drive, Steamboat Springs Capt. Richard Crotz said.

The officer had to take Olds to the ground when the man allegedly would not cooperate with the officer, Crotz said.

Olds was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center about 2:30 a.m. by an ambulance. He was treated for facial cuts and then booked into the jail, Crotz said.

Olds called the officer's force unwarranted.

"It was totally unnecessary and brutal," Olds said Thursday evening. "I was put face down in the gravel. I had to go to the hospital. That is all I want to say about it now."

Olds allegedly stopped for the officer but then took off again, prompting the eluding charge, Crotz said.

"The officer stopped him," Crotz said. "When the officer got out of the car, (Olds) took off again. The officer had to run back to his car and chase him."

Olds pulled over on Clubhouse Drive where he was arrested.

Olds is a retired brigadier general who was a World War II ace and a legendary pilot in the Vietnam War. He is to be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame July 21 at the site of the hall in Dayton, Ohio.

Olds became Commandment of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1968 and retired in Steamboat Springs in 1973.


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