A man who beat his ex-girlfriend, then threatened to drive into oncoming traffic and kill them both, has been sentenced to serve two years in prison.
Michael Dale Smith, 53, was ordered by Judge Bart Stanley to serve two years of a 15-year sentence for reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, that being a motor vehicle, second-offense DUI, aggravated domestic assault, and driving on a revoked license third offense.
Smith’s 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,” said 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 the face, arms and neck of Smith’s ex-girlfriend.
“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.