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Deputy Convicted in Drunk Driving Crash — Appears to Still Have His Job

Mugshot of Deputy Brandon K. Smith
Mugshot of Deputy Brandon K. Smith

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. — A Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy has been convicted in a drunk driving crash from late last year. In a sweetheart deal, Deputy Brandon Smith was sentenced to a year in jail, with all but two days (which were already served) suspended. He was also fined only $1.00 and told to pay $1,290 in restitution for damage done to property.

It also appears Smith is still employed as Sheriff’s Deputy in Whitley County. REAL News Michiana reached out to his supervisors and left messages. While they have not returned RNM’s calls, the Whitley County Staff directory still shows Smith as an employee.

According to court documents obtained by REAL News Michiana, Deputy Brandon K. Smith had a blood alcohol level of .204, two-and-a-half times the legal limit, when he was arrested on December 14th of last year.

Police reports state Smith, 37 of Columbia City, crashed his F250 near the intersection of S. County Road 700 and E. County Road 400 S. at approximately 1:30am on December 14th. The report states smith hit a utility pole and a parked pickup truck in front of a home. The impact caused the parked truck to spin and hit two other parked vehicles. Investigators also found an open beer in the center console.

Because of a potential conflict of interest, the case was moved out of Whitley County and into a Stuben County court. A special prosecutor out of Huntington County handled the prosecution.

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