Driver faces OWI, recklessness, resisting charges

From Local Sources


ROCKPORT — A Chrisney man was formerly charged last week with criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement and other counts after a pursuit that had occurred the previous week in Rockport.

A Rockport Police Department officer reported having to steer off the roadway at the crest of a hill the night of Wednesday, May 20, after encountering an oncoming Jeep Cherokee completely in his lane on Lincoln Avenue just north of Williamson Street, according to court documents.

When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it accelerated and the driver, later identified as Andrew C. Smith, 32, 121 W. Locust St., Chrisney, allegedly committed numerous traffic violations before finally stopping and being taken into custody.

Police allege Smith’s blood alcohol content later tested .127% in a certified test at the Spencer County Jail.

Smith, who posted a $750 bond, was charged last week in Spencer Circuit Court with Level 6 felony criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated, driving while suspended (prior) and reckless driving.

Arrest documents indicate he was also cited for stop sign violations, improper turns, unsafe movement on a road, a taillight violation, failure to signal, speeding, improper license plate display, failure to provide registration, false or fictitious plates and operating a motor vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility.

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