CONNEAUT — A Monroe Township man was arraigned in Conneaut Municipal Court on Feb. 4, charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to control, a minor misdemeanor.

Brian Smith pled not guilty to the charges.

Police responded to a crash at 6:51 p.m. on Feb. 2, near Chestnut and Depot streets, and found Smith standing outside of his car. There was significant damage to the front of the car, according to the police report from the incident.

Smith said that he was drunk and needed to be handcuffed, according to police reports. The first officer on-scene put Smith in handcuffs, then officers performed field sobriety tests on him.

Smith’s eyes were glossy and blood shot during the tests, and the first officer on scene smelled alcohol on him, according to the police reports.

Smith consented to a breath test, and his blood alcohol content was .106, according to police reports, .026 over the legal limit.

A passenger in the car claims that Smith intentionally crashed to injure the passenger, according to police reports.

Smith was arraigned on Feb. 4, and was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 9 at 1:30 p.m., according to Conneaut Municipal Court records.

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