Retired deputy who led anti-DWI gets 3rd drunken-driving conviction

A retired Dutchess County deputy sheriff who was once head of the agency's anti-drunken-driving unit could face time behind bars as a result of his third DWI conviction.

H. Dixon Smith III, 55, of Clover Hill Drive, LaGrange, pleaded guilty this week before state Supreme Court Justice Charles Wood to two felony counts of driving while intoxicated.

Smith is a commissioner of LaGrange Fire District. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

Dutchess County Undersheriff Kirk Imperati also could not be reached for comment Friday.

In proceedings before Wood, Smith admitted Monday he was drunk when police stopped his car on Route 55 in the Town of Poughkeepsie on June 12, and again on April 5 of this year in LaGrange.

The charges were felonies because Smith was convicted in Red Hook Town Court in 2005 of a misdemeanor DWI charge. He was fined $1,000 and placed on probation for three years following that conviction.

Smith was arrested on the misdemeanor charge July 11, 2004, while he was employed as coordinator of the sheriff's STOP-DWI program and oversaw anti-DWI patrols.

The felony DWI charges carry maximum sentences of 1 1/3 to four years in state prison.

According to court documents, Wood indicated he would consider sending Smith to prison for concurrent terms of one to three years but also said he would consider a lesser sentence.

Smith is due in court May 5 for sentencing.

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