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Hit-and-run suspect formally charged

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

An Odon man alleged to be involved in a hit-and-run personal injury accident March 18 was recently in Clay County Circuit Court to be formally charged.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed six formal charges against Frederick E. Smeltzer, 41, Odon, Ind., Wednesday.

Smeltzer was charged with one class D felony possession of methamphetamine, four class A misdemeanors including one count each of failure to stop after accident resulting in injury, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and possession of paraphernalia and one class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.

If convicted of a class D felony, the highest charge filed against Smeltzer at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from six-months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

The state advisory sentence for each class A misdemeanor conviction is a range of up to 1 year in prison and potential fines up to $5,000, while a class C misdemeanor conviction is punishable up to 60-days incarceration and up to $500 in fines.

Around 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, officials allege Smeltzer was involved in a hit-and-run accident near the intersection of United States 40 and County Road 200 West (Waterworks Road). Turning south on Waterworks Road as an escape route, Smeltzer traveled in an area where several law enforcement officers live and were able to quickly apprehend him in an area near 1116 W CR 450 N (Frontage Road).

With an initial hearing scheduled for April 6, Smeltzer has been released and is currently awaiting further court proceedings.

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