Wednesday, March 2, 2011

‘Road rage’ suspect pleads not guilty

June trial scheduled for Blaine County man


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A 45-year-old Blaine County man pleaded not guilty Monday to punching another motorist in the face in a Christmas Day road-rage incident in Sun Valley.

Rodolfo Olayo, a resident of The Meadows mobile-home park south of Ketchum, was arraigned before 5th District Judge Robert J. Elgee on a felony charge of aggravated battery, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Elgee scheduled a jury trial for June 28. Olayo is represented by Boise attorney John Barrera.

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Olayo was charged with the crime for allegedly punching and breaking the nose of 42-year-old Nedguer Roman in the parking lot at the Sun Valley Post Office shortly before 4 p.m. on Dec. 25. Sun Valley police reported that Olayo and Roman got into an altercation earlier on state Highway 75 near its intersection with Elkhorn Road. Police reported that Olayo followed Roman to the post office, where he allegedly punched him twice in the face.

Olayo was not arrested at the time but was instead issued a citation charging him with misdemeanor battery. The Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office later amended the charge to a felony after reviewing injuries allegedly inflicted upon Roman.

Sun Valley police reported that Roman also lives at The Meadows but that he and Olayo were not previously acquainted.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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