Post Falls man sentenced after 7th DUI conviction

Post Falls man sentenced after 7th DUI conviction
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On Monday, the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that 53-year-old Vincent D. Smith of Post Falls was sentenced on Friday to serve up to eight years in prison for felony driving under the influence.

This was Smith’s 7th driving under the influence conviction, and his 3rd felony conviction for driving under the influence.

Smith was sentenced by District Judge Richard Christensen, who ordered that the first four years of the sentence would be fixed, and the remaining three years would be indeterminate, with credit for time served.

Smith entered guilty pleas on November 21, 2017. The charges related to a traffic accident on June 23, 2017.

Smith rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a traffic light in Post Falls. He then fled the scene and was later arrested. Smith refused to take a breath test, but a search warrant for blood was obtained and Smith’s blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.28, or 3.5 times the legal limit of 0.08.

Smith’s license was suspended at the time of the accident because of a prior DUI, and because he had no insurance.

All four occupants of the vehicle that Smith hit were injured in the collision.

Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh praised the work of Post Falls Police Department and Prosecuting Attorney Laura McClinton, who prosecuted the case, in a statement:

“Judge Christensen appropriately disregarded Mr. Smith’s claim that he is a changed man. After so many chances to change his ways, and the aggravated circumstances surrounding this most recent event, Mr. Smith is clearly a danger to the public.”