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PLAINS TWP. — An area man with a history of driving with a suspended license and of drunken driving was charged this month by township police with damaging farmland with a Jeep.


John Theodore Olszyk, 35, of South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, allegedly drove a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee across farmland at O’Malia’s Farms on North River Street on March 12, leaving tire ruts and damaging rye grass that is harvested. Olszyk abandoned the Jeep when it became stuck and asked the Jeep’s owner to tell police she was driving, according to the criminal complaint.


Police charged Olszyk with agriculture vandalism, defiant trespass, criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license and driving without a license. The charges were filed with District Judge Diana Malast and mailed to Olszyk.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 23.


Court records show Olszyk has multiple open cases and convictions of driving with a suspended license, drunken driving and stealing vehicles dating to 1997:

  • May 9, 2011: City police charged Olszyk with stealing items from a parked vehicle on Madison Street. Case remains open in Luzerne County Court.
  • Sept. 7, 2011: City police charged Olszyk with stealing a 2002 GMC van from a business on Kidder Street. Case remains open in county court.
  • Sept. 6, 2011: City police charged Olszyk with stealing an ATV from a residence on Lanning Lane. Case remains open in county court.
  • Sept. 2, 2011: City police charged Olszyk with burglarizing Malacari’s Market on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard. Case remains open in county court.
  • Oct. 4, 2011: Kingston police charged Olszyk with driving a stolen vehicle involved in a pursuit that ended in a crash near the courthouse. Case remains open in county court.
  • Nov. 28, 2011: Sentenced in county court to 30 days to two months in jail on drunken-driving charges filed by Dallas Township police.
  • June 8, 2010: Plains Township police charged Olszyk with drunken driving after he allegedly was found intoxicated and sleeping in a vehicle that was idling on East Mountain Boulevard. Case remains open in county court.
  • Aug. 15, 2006: Sentenced in county court to 90 days to one year in jail on drunken-driving charges filed by Plains Township police.
  • Oct. 12, 1999: Sentenced in county court to three months to one year in jail on separate counts of fleeing police during a pursuit in Wilkes-Barre on July 14, 1998, and in Kingston on July 13, 1998.
  • July 16, 1997: Sentenced in county court to 48 hours to one year in jail on drunken driving charges filed by Dallas police.

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