(10:30 AM) Kennedy Man Charged After Allegedly Driving Drunk To Victims Impact Panel
A Kennedy man already convicted of driving while intoxicated once is being accused by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies with driving himself while intoxicated to his court-ordered Victims Impact Panel.
DWayne A. Smith, 50, of Kennedy was charged with driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and operation of a motor vehicle without a court-ordered interlock at the Ashville BOCES at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Deputies were holding a DWI/Cell Phone Victim Impact Class at the Ashville BOCES, which Smith is reportedly attending as part of his court-ordered sentencing. The class is offered to persons charged with DWI, cellphone charges, underage drinking, or other serious vehicle and traffic charges. Victim Impact panelists tell their personal stories of how one of their loved ones were killed due to driving while intoxicated or driving while using a cell phone. During the pre-registration process, all attendees are screened to determine if they have consumed alcohol prior to the class. Deputies report two people trying to attend Wednesday’s class tested positive for alcohol. The first person was driven to the Victim Impact Panel by someone else and was sent home.
Deputies allege Smith drove himself to the class and, in doing so, also allegedly didn’t use the ignition interlock that was also part of his sentence. Smith was charged, arraigned in North Harmony Town Court and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail in leiu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 property.