A man faces a number of charges after he allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend and threatened to wreck his car head-on into oncoming traffic and kill them both.
The suspect, Michael Dale Smith, 53, has been indicted on charges of aggravated domestic assault, reckless endangerment, second-offense DUI, and second-offense driving on a revoked license.
His charges come after deputies responded to East Green Hill Road to answer a physical domestic call. When they arrived, they found an intoxicated Smith.
“He was passed out in the driver’s seat of his Ford Explorer in the driveway,” recalled sheriff’s deputy Brystol Davis, noting he smelled of alcohol and could not stand.
The deputy found a nearly empty bottle of vodka in the suspect’s cup holder. The officer also immediately noticed extensive bruising to Smith’s ex-girlfriend’s face, arms and neck.
“She said that while she was in Smith’s vehicle, he was driving into the oncoming traffic lane,” the officer reported. “He told her that he was going to crash the car and kill them both.”
Davis noted 911 had been contacted earlier regarding a reckless driver, the tag number of that vehicle matching Smith’s.
Smith’s ex-girlfriend was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.