A 26-year-old Bainbridge woman is accused of driving while intoxicated Wednesday evening on West Elm Street with her 6-year-old son in the vehicle and assaulting a police officer following the traffic stop.
Ashley Smith has been charged with felonious assault of a peace officer, child endangering, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, reckless operation, driving under suspension, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $16,000 bond.
At around 7 p.m., Washington C.H. Police Department Patrolman Derek Pfeifer while on patrol saw a silver-colored SUV on West Elm Street near South Hinde Street lose control and spin out in the middle of the road, according to reports. The vehicle went across the opposite lane of travel, went onto a sidewalk and nearly struck a telephone pole before traveling back across the road and onto the opposite sidewalk. The driver reportedly brought the vehicle back to the proper lane of travel and stopped.
Pfeifer activated his overhead lights, got out of his cruiser and made contact with the driver who was identified as Smith, reports said. “Miss Smith appeared agitated and confused at the same time,” the police report said. “I asked her what made her lose control of her vehicle and she just kept stating names of people she knew. I could detect a slight odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about her person and her eyes were watery and blood shot. Miss Smith’s speech was slurred and incoherent at times.”
Pfeifer said he asked Smith to step outside of her vehicle for field sobriety testing and that she eventually exited the vehicle.
“I attempted to administer the HGN test on Miss Smith but she was unable to stand on her own or even begin to follow my pen which was used as the stimulus,” the report said. “Miss Smith became belligerent once I told her I believed she was intoxicated and kept trying to walk away from me.”
Smith attempted to retrieve her 6-year-old son from the back seat of her vehicle several times, according to police. Patrolman Jeff Funari arrived on the scene to help Pfeifer control Smith, who “refused to listen to commands and resisted compliant escort techniques that I was using on her,” the report said.
While Pfeifer had ahold of Smith’s arm, she allegedly yelled “Get him” and made a sudden movement toward Funari. Pfeifer then took Smith to the ground and told her she was under arrest, reports said.
“Miss Smith placed her hands under her body and began kicking at officers and would not comply with orders to stop resisting,” the report said.
The two officers were able to place Smith’s hands behind her back and secure hand cuffs.
“While attempting to turn her on her back to help her to her feet, Miss Smith became more belligerent and began kicking at myself and Ptl. Funari and tried biting both of us multiple times,” the report said. “Miss Smith kicked me several times in both shins and once in the testicles. She also kicked my hand while I was trying to gain control of her feet, causing injury to my right middle finger. At that time I deployed the Taser in the drive stun fashion on her right upper back and arm to gain compliance.”
Smith was helped into the cruiser where she continued to kick and scream, police said. She at one point tried to kick out the back cruiser window. “As I opened the door to prevent the window from being broken, she again kicked me in the upper thigh and had to be physically restrained by officers at the scene,” the report said.
Smith was taken to the Fayette County Jail where she allegedly continued to be belligerent and threatened officers with physical harm. She submitted to a breath test and her blood-alcohol level measured at .268 percent, more than triple the legal limit.