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Driver in head-on Highway 305 crash charged with felony vehicular assault

The driver blamed for causing a head-on crash at the north end of the Agate Pass Bridge earlier this week was charged in Kitsap County District Court Tuesday with a single felony count of vehicular assault.

Andrew Page Smith, 32, of Poulsbo was arrested at the scene of the accident on Highway 305 after an officer with the Washington State Patrol questioned him while he was on a gurney in the back of an ambulance.

Police said earlier that Smith was driving in a Ford F250 pickup north on the highway from Bainbridge Island when he sideswiped a box van that was heading south across the bridge.

Smith allegedly then hit a 1996 Saturn head-on once he got on the other side of the bridge.

The driver of the Saturn, identified as Allan C. Wodensheck, 24, of Bremerton, had his legs broken in the accident and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Authorities were also worried that his hips were broken.

The crash closed down the Agate Pass Bridge and created a traffic snarl on Highway 305 that lasted nearly four hours.

Police arrived at the accident scene soon after it was reported just before 8 a.m. Monday.

Smith immediately became under suspicion for driving under the influence after a person from an ambulance aid crew told officers that Smith smelled of alcohol.

According to a State Patrol investigation report filed by the arresting officer, Smith was asked where he was headed when the state trooper talked to him in the back of the ambulance.

Smith allegedly said he was on his way home "to get more paint" and had been coming from his mother's house.

When asked if he had been drinking and how much, Smith allegedly said he had been the night before and stated, "I don't know, about four beers and a shot."

The officer asked Smith to perform roadside sobriety tests, but because Smith was in a gurney, he could only perform one; a horizontal gaze nystagmus test, sometimes called the "look to the left" test.

Smith did not pass the test, according to the investigation report, and then refused to take a breath test.

He was then taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. Smith refused medical aid, according to the investigation report, and also would not take a breath test when asked again by the State Patrol. Blood was drawn after a judge signed a search warrant allowing a blood draw shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

The next court appearance for Smith was scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday. He remains in Kitsap County Jail on $30,000 bond.

Vehicular assault carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and $20,000 fine upon conviction.

 

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