SHEBOYGAN — A man was arrested for OWI after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run crash last weekend.
22-year-old Taylor Jeffrey Smith was charged with felony OWI causing injury and felony hit-and-run-injury. He is free on $500 bail and is due back to court for a preliminary hearing on May 9th.
According to the criminal complaint, at approximately 1:50 AM on Saturday, April 28th, sheriff deputies were dispatched to State Highway 32 near Wilson-Lima Road, in the Town of Lima regarding a hit-and-run injury accident. A deputy reported that he observed a car with heavy front end damage. The driver of the car was leaning against the guard rail holding her left hand, which was covered in blood.
The victim told police that she was driving southbound on Highway 32 when she saw a truck heading north on State Highway 32. The victim said the truck crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle. The collision caused her vehicle to leave the roadway and come to a rest on the shoulder. The victim told deputies that she later saw an unknown male leave the scene in an unknown vehicle. She was transported to St. Nicholas Hospital for medical evaluation where she was treated for significant pain.
A deputy later located a white pickup truck parked on Wilson-Lima Road just off Highway 32 that also had heavy front end damage. The driver was nowhere to be seen according to the criminal complaint. The registered owner came back as Smith according to DOT records.
When a deputy made contacted with Smith, the deputy immediately observed the man’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. The deputy could also smell a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from Smith’s breath. When questioned, Smith confirmed that he was in an accident that evening, admitting that he left the scene of the accident because he was under an absolute sobriety clause from Probation and Parole and he was concerned about the consequences for drinking and driving.
Smith performed three standardized field sobriety tests, and based on the deputy’s training and experience as well as Smith’s performance on the tests, believed the man was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Smith blew a .09 on the Preliminary Breath Test.