(Beaver Dam) A three-day jury trial began Monday for a Juneau man charged with his eighth Operating While Intoxicated offense. Wesley Gayan was pulled over by authorities in December of 2019 on Highway 33 in the town of Oak Grove for a busted headlamp.
Dispatch informed the deputy that Gayan and his passenger had prior run-ins with law enforcement for drug possession. While deputies were speaking with Gayan, they believed he was impaired from recent drug use due to his (quote) “distinct cotton mouth.”
Gayan allegedly said it was caused by the sugar from his grape soda. According to the criminal complaint, Gayan struggled through field sobriety tests and was arrested. A preliminary breath test did return a reading of zero-point-zero (0.0).
However, a drug recognition expert evaluated Gayan and reportedly determined that he was under the influence of stimulants and narcotic analgesics. Gayan has seven prior OWI convictions with the earliest in 1990 and the most recent in 2006.
If convicted, the 54-year-old faces no more than 12-and-a-half years in prison.