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High-speed driver sentenced to prison

Cary Ashby • Jan 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

A motorist convicted of leading several police departments on a non-injury, high-speed chase was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday.

Christian A. Smart, 20, of Dover, also had his driver's license suspended for five years. He could have faced up to a lifetime suspension.

The one-year prison term was a joint recommendation between Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

About Smart's mandatory license suspension, Longo requested Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway not "ham-string him for life" since Smart will need to get a job after being in prison and there were no injuries during the pursuit.

In mid-November, Smart pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. The third-degree felony is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.

The defendant's conviction is for an Aug. 20 incident which involved the Willard, Monroeville and Bellevue police departments.

"He (Smart) indicated to officers the reason he ran was he had been drinking," Woodruff said in November.

After Smart's Nov. 12 guilty plea, Conway released the defendant on a personal recognizance bond. He hadn't been able to post a $15,000 bond.

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