Hearing delayed for deputy cited in alcohol-related stop

A hearing scheduled Friday in the case of a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy cited for an off-duty, alcohol-related driving offense was delayed after the deputy’s attorney filed a motion to continue the matter.

Steamboat Springs-based attorney Kristopher Hammond, who formally entered the case Thursday on behalf of Deputy Scott Smith, requested the hearing be continued until May 6.

Smith, 39, was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday after deputies involved in an internal investigation received the results of a blood draw, a test that Smith consented to on March 19 after he was cited by a Colorado State Patrol trooper on suspicion of driving while ability impaired and failure to obey a traffic-control device.

While the results of the blood test have not been specified, the Colorado State Patrol said Smith’s blood-alcohol level was above 0.08 percent, Colorado’s legal standard for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Prior to Wednesday, Smith had been restricted from driving while on the job, the Sheriff’s Department said.

He is employed as a detention deputy at the Mesa County Jail.


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