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Driver chooses wrong road

Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Smeltzer
A driver allegedly involved in a hit-and-run personal injury accident Wednesday evening got more than he bargained for when he left the scene of an accident.

"He just chose the wrong road to try and get away on," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times about Frederick E. Smeltzer's attempt to use County Road 200 West (Waterworks Road) as an escape route after hitting a vehicle at the intersection of that road and United States 40. "Several law enforcement officers live in that area."

Around 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, several witnesses contacted 911 dispatchers to report a white Oldsmobile Cutlass hit another vehicle and the driver, who was reported as wearing a red bandanna, leave the scene.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen drove up shortly after the accident and quickly issued a description of the vehicle to other law enforcement officers. While Swearingen stayed on the scene to make sure the victim, Rita J. Hood, 58, Brazil, received medical assistance and the take witness statements, both on- and off-duty officers began to look for the vehicle.

Complaining of back pain, TransCare transported Hood to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment. Further medical information is unavailable due to privacy laws.

Meanwhile, an unidentified caller reported to 911 officials they were following the suspect south on CR 200 W.

Heaton, who was standing in his front yard, said dispatchers contacted him with the information as the suspect drove past his house.

"I got in my police vehicle and began to follow him," Heaton said. "Brazil City Police Sgt. Mark Loudermilk, who lives a few doors down, saw me leave in a hurry and turned on his police radio. When he heard what was going on, he joined the pursuit."

Det. Jeff Maynard, who also lives in the area, was pulling in his driveway when the information went across the radio.

"This guy was really in the wrong place at the wrong time," Maynard said, adding that he also joined Heaton and Loudermilk in the slow speed pursuit.

As Chief Deputy Rob Gambill and Deputy James Switzer converged on an area near 1116 W CR 450 N (Frontage Road), Smeltzer, 41, Odon, Ind., was stopped by the pursuing officers.

Swearingen and K-9 Officer Dayk were released from the accident scene and dispatched to perform an exterior sniff of Smeltzer's vehicle. Swearingen confirmed that Dayk did detect a scent and drug paraphernalia was discovered in the vehicle at the scene.

Once in custody, Smeltzer was transported the Clay County Justice Center. During the book-in process, officers located an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine on Smeltzer's person. He was preliminarily charged with driving while suspended-prior, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

Officials confirmed this case has been provided to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Jail officials confirmed Smeltzer remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed) while awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar.


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Drugs? Drugs in Clay County?

" dispatched to perform an exterior sniff of Smeltzer's vehicle." An exterior sniff? That sounds like something Barney Fife would say.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 9:14 PM

"Barney Fife" can't say anything...he's dead!

If you had any knowledge about K-9 officers you would know that is the term that is used when the dog examines(sniffs) the outside (exterior) of a vehicle.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Mar 19, 2009, at 11:35 PM

Perhaps it should have been referred to as "a preliminary exterior olfactory detection process"! Nah, to many words, too many syllables, someone would shorten it to an acronym and then we would of how the canine PE OD something or somebody................LOL!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 5:04 AM

wow! not a good day for this guy! guess he'll have some time to think about it.

-- Posted by madmom01 on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 8:16 AM

You see, THIS is worthy of a story! This guy really did something bad and deserves to be shamed in front of the whole town.

He is not just some regular working guy who made a mistake.

-- Posted by bsmom on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 1:30 PM

th1953, Don Knotts died. Barney Fife was a television character and he didn't die. Nice try.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 2:58 PM

I see no one denies that Clay County is a drug infested pit. You should be proud, real proud.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 3:00 PM

Lee Thall ~

What this Clay Countian is proud of is all the officers doing a great job to get drugs off the streets of Clay County ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 4:44 PM

You are in denial brono921. Prejudice, bigot? You really need to go back to the dictionary and quite trying to use those big words.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 12:41 PM

And quit trying also. Ha!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 12:42 PM

Kudos to brono921

-- Posted by tbdldam on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 4:40 PM

I see no one denies that Clay County is a drug infested pit. You should be proud, real proud.

-- Posted by Lee Thall on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 3:00 PM

That just means that we recognize that our town has a problem and we are doing something about it. If you have not realized that every town has the same problem, yours included, then you are lying to yourself.

If you don't live in this town, stay out of our business.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Tue, Mar 24, 2009, at 4:28 AM

Lee Thall ~

[You are in denial brono921. Prejudice, bigot? You really need to go back to the dictionary and quite trying to use those big words.]

Seems to me you should also go back to the dictionary ~ the word is QUIT not quite ~ to quit means "stop"; quite on the other hand means "partially" ~ & the fact that you corrected yourself in your next comment doesn't count ~

Notice that you haven't answered brono921 ~ not up to the job? or maybe you're following the advice of 1*35 & finally staying out of our business ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 8:26 AM

Unfortunately, Karebabe, it looks like Lee Thall DOES live in Clay County. This was his reply to brono921 when asked to throw up the link to his local paper: (Family affair: Raid nets meth lab, drugs, guns and stolen items Friday, March 20, 2009)

You're reading it brono921. Really something to be proud of isn't it?

-- Posted by Lee Thall on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 12:35 PM

What a pity that he is a resident! I think if he dislikes Clay County so much, maybe he should high-tail it out of here!!

-- Posted by littletad on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 2:45 PM

littletad ~ darn, I must've missed that reply ~ I soooo agree ~ why doesn't he move out of Clay County? He should help to resolve the drug issue not just dog our county ~ I happen to love living in Clay County ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Mar 25, 2009, at 3:18 PM

Excellent job, well done by local law enforcement agencies.

-- Posted by checkmate on Sun, Mar 29, 2009, at 9:32 AM


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