At 2:35 the morning of July 18, Cannon County Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Fann was dispatched to 226 Sunny Slope Rd. in reference to a non-injury motor vehicle crash. When he arrived he found a car upside down in the yard at that address, which is across from South Ridge Apts.
Fann spoke with John Glassmeyer, who said that earlier he thought he heard someone knocking on his door and when he came out he saw a man in jeans and a black shirt. The man started walking toward him saying he was alright. Glassmeyer said he kept instructing the man to stay back and when he kept walking toward him he went back inside. After he came back out the man was gone and he called 911.
Deputy Eric Moss and Woodbury Police Department Patrolman John Fesmire went up to South Ridge Apts. and made contact with a man by the name of Steven Smith. He was sitting on the steps of building B. Fann ran the tag on the accident car and it came back to Steven Robert Smith, 3927 Locke Creek Rd., Woodbury. Moss and Fesmire walked Smith back to the crash scene.
Smith was observed to have blood on his face and cuts on his hands. Fann had Smith stand where Glassmeyer could get a good look at his face and he confirmed Smith was the man he saw standing in his yard.
Smith told Fann has wasn't sure what happened but that he wasn't driving the vehicle. Fann reported he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Smith and he struggled to maintain his balance.
Smith said a man named "Adam" was driving the car when it crashed. Smith also refused a field sobriety test. Fann ran a check for warrants on Smith and was advised he was wanted in DeKalb County for violation of probation.
Smith was transported to Stones River Hospital after complaining of pain in his neck and back.
During the investigation it was learned the identity of "Adam" and officers went to speak with Adam Deatcher and his girlfriend, Hope Hess. Deatcher said he had been driving Smith's car that night. He said they (himself, Hess and Smith) had gone to the Midnight Express Club in Smithville and then back to his apartment.
Deatcher said when they got back a friend called and asked them to come over and go swimming. He and Hess got in his car and left but Smith stayed at South Ridge Apts. There were no cuts or signs of injury to Deatcher, Fann reported.
Fann went to the hospital and charged Smith with DUI, driving on a revoked license, violation of the implied consent law and no vehicle insurance.