DC Man Sentenced to Three Months for Route 4 Accident
Leonardtown, MD - 4/9/2012
By Dick Myers
A Washington, DC man has been sentenced to three months in jail in the aftermath of a property damage accident on Route 4 near the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge in October of last year. Anthony Smith, 38, was arrested by St. Mary’s County Deputy Timothy Snyder after 911 calls reported a van making a U-turn in front of cars and then a call that the van had hit a car and fled without stopping to exchange information.
The victim of the property damage accident followed the van across the bridge and then reported the incident to the deputy when he arrived on the scene. Deputy Snyder located and unoccupied van under the bridge near the fishing pier. When he confronted two men on the pier, Smith admitted to the accident.
Smith pled guilty to one count of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and one count of failing to stop to exchange information. He was sentenced by St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge Karen Abrams to one-year for the DUI and 60 days for the other charge, but all but three months was suspended.