Councilor pleads not guilty to DUI

SHERIDAN — Sheridan City Councilwoman Shelleen Smith entered a written not guilty plea Monday to charges of driving under influence of alcohol.

The Ward 1 representative was arrested by the Sheridan Police Department shortly after midnight April 26 on Big Horn Avenue near Absaraka Street.

In a written statement issued later that day, Smith said she regretted the circumstances that led to the arrest and that she intended to accept the consequences of her actions.

“This was a severe lapse in judgment on my part and I apologize to the citizens of Sheridan and to my family and friends for this mistake,” she said.

Smith was elected to represent Ward 1 last November and assumed the post early this year.

Smith refused to take a portable breath test and the results of a blood alcohol screening are not yet available. Results are expected to be available in the next couple of weeks.

In a phone call with The Sheridan Press Monday, Smith declined to comment further on her not guilty plea and directed questions to her attorney, Ryan Healy.

A trial date has not yet been set.­­

If found guilty, Smith could face up to six months in jail, a $750 fine or both.

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Paolo Cisneros

Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.
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