Councilor pleads not guilty to DUI
Date posted: April 30, 2013
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.