Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vehicular Assault Charged After Crash Investigation

A Florida man, involved in a serious wreck in north Cookeville early Wednesday, has been charged with vehicular assault. Police say 32-year-old Charles Smith of Port Charlotte, Florida, was driving on a steep part of Kenway Street about 3 am when he lost control of his pick-up truck, left the roadway and struck a tree head-on. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Jeff Ritchey, was seriously injured and had to be airlifted from the scene. Police say Smith was not seriously injured, but did appear to be intoxicated and allegedly failed several field sobriety tests. He'll be in court on July 26th.