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Police official awaits hearing

Post commander arrested for OWI

August 16, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - staff writer ( , Daily Press

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Michigan State Police post commander in Gladstone is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing in Chippewa County where he was arrested for drunk driving last month.

Lt. William H. Smith, 43, was arrested on July 7 for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The charge is a 93-day misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500.

Smith was driving alone in a personal vehicle when he was involved in a one-car accident in Chippewa County, according to the Chippewa County Sheriff Department.

Following investigation into the crash, Smith was booked into the county jail on the OWI charge early that Saturday morning. He was later released the same day on a personal recognizance bond.

Smith waived his right for an arraignment in 91st District Court on Wednesday and was officially charged, according to Daryl Vizina, Cheboygan County prosecutor who has been assigned to represent the state in this matter.

Chippewa County Prosecutor Brian Peppler initially handled the case but requested another prosecutor take over because he had worked with Smith while the trooper was a detective at the Sault Ste. Marie Post.

Smith was assigned to command the Gladstone Post on April 1 of this year.

Smith is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in district court on Aug. 29, said Vizina.



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