Sheriff's Office

Posted on: February 6, 2018

Man arrested for DWI after crash


Date of Incident:  Sunday, February 04, 2018  |  Time of Incident: 07:28 PM

Incident Location: State Route 196  | Township: Hartford  | Case #  18-001770

1. James M. Smith, III     Age: 32      Address: Schoharie, NY

Charges Filed: Driving While Intoxicated  (Misdemeanor), Vehicle and traffic violations

INCIDENT SUMMARY: According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on February 4, 2018 at about 07:28 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Smith, III, 32, of Schoharie, NY after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision on State Route 196 in the Town of Hartford. 

Smith had driven off the road striking a power pole causing it to shear off and fall in the roadway. Deputies on scene made contact with Smith who was not injured in the collision however when they interviewed Smith, he had strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.

Smith failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested. He was transported to the Law Enforcement Center in Fort Edward where he was processed. Smith refused to give a breath sample to determine his blood alcohol content. He posted bail prior to arraignment and was released to a third party. He is due in Hartford Court on a later date. 

Officer (s) Handling: Deputy Ethan Macura made the arrest assisted by Deputy Bradley Hamilton.

ASSISTING AGENCIES:  Hartford Fire Department

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