Sheridan Man Heads to Trial for DUI, Hitting Pedestrian

Sheridan Man Heads to Trial for DUI, Hitting Pedestrian

A trial date has been set for 67-year-old James Schmidt of Sheridan for the charge of Felony DUI- Causing Serious Bodily Injury.

Schmidt pleaded “not guilty” to the charge at an arraignment hearing Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan. District Court Judge John Fenn set the trial date for January 6. Fenn scheduled the pretrial conference for December 5 at 11 am. According to court documents, shortly after 5 pm on May 29 of this year, officers with the Sheridan Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian who’d been hit by a vehicle at the intersection of South Thurmond and West Heald Streets in Sheridan.

Shortly after their arrival on scene, officers learned that James Schmidt was driving his vehicle on South Thurmond. Schmidt admitted to hitting a pedestrian with his passenger side mirror and then hitting a vehicle. Officers noted that Schmidt displayed signs of being intoxicated, and administered a field sobriety test and subsequent breathalyzer. Schmidt failed the breath test and was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

DUI- Causing Serious Bodily Injury is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000. Due to injuries sustained at the scene, the victim was life flighted to the ICU in Billings and was treated for a shattered pelvis and internal bleeding.

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