A captain for Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office was arrested Saturday on a driving under the influence charge after a crash that injured a motorcyclist.
Capt. David Smith III was driving a Ford Mustang when he crashed into a motorcyclist off Southern Boulevard and Cypress Head Avenue in Royal Palm Beach, deputies said.
An-off duty deputy witnessed the crash and said the motorcycle went airborne due to the impact, a probable-cause affidavit said.
When asked if he had been drinking or taken any drugs Smith told deputies he had drank about six Bud Lights during the night, the affidavit said.
He also said that he usually takes two Xanax pills and an Ambien pill before bed, and that he’d taken he’d taken his Xanax earlier in the day, but had not taken the Ambien yet, according to the affidavit.
Smith took a field-sobriety test while on the crash scene, and had a hard time maintaining his balance while standing in a stationary position, the affidavit said. He failed a finger-to-nose test, couldn’t recite the alphabet in a non-rhythmic manner and when asked to stand on one leg, he stated that he could not do it.
Smith also took an incorrect number of steps when asked to walk and turn around on the ninth step, the affidavit said.
Smith's eye were both red, bloodshot and glossy, deputies said. He also smelled like alcohol.
The motorcyclist was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital after he was taken by Palm Beach Fire Rescue to Palms West Hospital.
Smith was arrested on a DUI charge.