Legendary SAVAGE singer John Nicolas “Jon” Oliva was arrested earlier this week on the central west coast of Florida for impaired driving and possession of a controlled substance.
The Pasco County Jail website shows the 62-year-old musician was arrested at 3:43 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, and released on bail less than 24 hours later – at 12:34 a.m. on Friday, October 1.
Police Charged Oliva with possession of cocaine, which is a felony, and DUI, which is a misdemeanor.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report, police and EMS responded to the single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 41 (SR-45) shortly before 1 a.m. local time on Thursday, September 30 in County of Pasco, Florida. In his report, the responding officer wrote: “When I arrived at the scene, the driver of the vehicle had got out of his van being checked by EMS. I observed a pickup truck with severe damage to the right front of the vehicle. the passenger side door had been torn off in the collision with the tree that the vehicle had struck. Mr. Oliva was the driver of the vehicle. On the scene Mr. Oliva passed out and hit the ground while EMS was monitoring him. For this reason Mr. Oliva was evacuated from the scene by plane and taken to [the hospital].
“At the scene, I carried out an inventory of the vehicle,” continued the officer. “In the vehicle, I found two empty bottles of vodka. I also found a small transparent bag with an unknown white substance. The unknown substance would be field tested and would show a positive result for cocaine. The clear plastic bag with the unknown white substance was right on the floor outside the driver’s side door. I then spoke to a witness by telephone. The first witness I spoke with told me he was driving northbound on US Hwy 41 (opposite of Mr. Oliva) and saw the vehicle move into its lane and exit the roadway and heard a loud bang. [The witness] told me that he then turned his car around and went to see the driver of the vehicle. [He] witness Mr. Oliva driving the driver. I then spoke to another witness who lives right across from where the accident happened. [The second witness] told me he was working outside when he heard the accident happen just across the street. [The second witness] told me he drove to where the accident happened and saw the vehicle smoking and the driver sitting in the driver’s seat. [The second witness] told me he tried to pull the driver away from the vehicle because he was smoking. [The second witness] told me there was another empty vodka bottle in the driver’s side door which he told the driver to throw out because it doesn’t look good. [The second witness] told me the driver was frantically looking at his phone.
“At that time, I went to the hospital to speak with Mr. Oliva“, added the officer in his report.” Around 9:46 p.m., I advised Mr. Oliva that I had completed my accident investigation and was going to conduct a criminal investigation into impaired driving. Miranda’s warnings were read at this time. Mr. Oliva told me that he understands what his rights are and that he agrees to speak with me. I asked Mr. Oliva if he was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Mr. Oliva told me he was the driver. I asked Mr. Oliva if someone else was in the vehicle. Mr. Oliva said he was the sole occupant of the vehicle. I asked Mr. Oliva if he had taken or drunk anything after the accident. Mr. Oliva said he took nothing after the accident. I asked Mr. Oliva if he had any health problems. Mr. Oliva said he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes. The staff nurses informed me that he was doing perfectly well with his blood sugar and blood pressure. I asked Mr. Oliva if he had been drinking today. Mr. Oliva stated that he had drunk some orange juice and vodkas. I then said Mr. Oliva that I found a bag of white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Mr. Oliva then said: “someone gave me this for my birthday”. I asked Mr. Oliva if he uses cocaine and says, “I’m having fun. ” Mr. Oliva told many nurses at the hospital that the cocaine was hers. Hospital nurses listened Mr. Oliva yelled at his wife over the phone that there was cocaine in his car. I then asked Mr. Oliva if he was willing to sign a form that would allow me to access his blood medical records to see his blood alcohol level. I said Mr. Oliva that it is 100% voluntary. Mr. Oliva told me he had no problem signing his medical record. Mr. Oliva had a blood alcohol level of 0.138 G / 210L.
“Mr. Oliva would eventually be admitted to hospital due to his injuries. Mr. Oliva was placed under arrest at around 12:13 p.m. on 09/30/2021.
“Mr. OlivaHis property was raided. I found another clear plastic bag with residue of a white substance. The bag with the residue was in a pack of cigarettes in Mr. Olivas bag. Mr. Oliva had his wallet and personal effects in the bag. Mr. Oliva told me the bag was his which contained the transparent bag with a white substance. “
OlivaThe reservation photo released by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office shows him dressed in a hospital gown and sporting what appear to be new scuffs on his nose and left cheek.
More information on OlivaHis arrest can be found using the Florida Court Records online search.
Back in 2016, Jon announced on social media that he suffered a stroke in April of the same year. At the time, he said: “It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it left me with physical recovery issues that are often associated with strokes.”
Despite his health problems, Jon said he didn’t regret the way he had lived his life. He wrote: “I’ve been living the rock’n’roll lifestyle since I was 18. That’s all I knew and enjoyed the ride a lot. But there comes a point in time. everyone’s life where you have to take a step back and change the life. decisions … that I have. “
A little after SAVAGE2015 meeting performance Outdoor wacken festival in Wacken, Germany, Oliva said he felt better than he had been for 20 years because he had “stopped eating and drinking” in anticipation of the concert. He explained, “It’s my voice that scares me, because even when I was in my late twenties, early thirties, I was doing songs like ’24 hours ago’ were still very difficult to do. And, of course, I didn’t realize it was all the drugs and alcohol I was taking. But, after doing that, pull myself together and all that, sing along ’24 hours ago’, it’s actually easy now. [Laughs]”
In the past, Oliva spoke openly of going “a little too far” for SAVAGE1988 tour with MEGADETH and live the “rock’n’roll life” that ultimately forced him to seek treatment in a chemical rehabilitation center. Therefore, SAVAGE had to cancel a scheduled tour including European dates.
In 2012, Oliva Recount Metal explosion about his first drug and alcohol problems: “We were crazy, but we were having so much fun. We were all in our prime, just loving having a good time. even realized you had a drug problem, it was already too late, because everywhere you went people gave you marijuana, coke, a drink… I mean, I never went anywhere in 1984 to 2001 when someone hadn’t tried to give me drugs or alcohol. “
In addition to his work with SAVAGE, Oliva is well known for co-creating the classical music-meets-progressive rock and pyro act TRANSSIBERIAN ORCHESTRA alongside the founder of the project Paul O’Neill. Oliva would have remained involved in GRTsame activities after O’Neillin April 2017, death from an accidental drug overdose.
Last March, Oliva revealed to “Glam Metalcast of the 80s” that he battled COVID-19 for two months last year. “I’ve had it for eight weeks, and I wouldn’t have wished it on my worst enemy in the world,” he said (listen to the audio below). “I wouldn’t have wished that on anyone. It was brutal – it really was. It sucked. But I’m fine now. And I’m going to get the shot here in the next week or so. is all So I lived it. [Laughs] They don’t want me in heaven. Christ don’t want me up there cause the first thing I do when I get to heaven is hit Paul O’Neill and Criss Oliva [late SAVATAGE guitarist and Jon‘s brother] in the face. “
JonThe brother of Criss, who was one of the founding members of SAVAGE, was killed in October 1993 by a drunk driver while he and his wife Dawn were on their way to Livestock festival in Zephyrhills, Florida. The driver of the other car was found to have a drunk driving record of seven previous impaired drives and a blood alcohol level of 0.294 percent.
Booking photo courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff’s Office