The New Jersey gym-owner who made nationwide headlines for defying the state’s COVID-19 restrictions and who’s now working for congress made certain to inform cops he was a candidate when he was arrested for drunk driving, footage reveals.
Ian Smith, who risked jail time to keep his Atilis Gym in Bellmawr open all through the pandemic, was arrested in Cinnaminson within the early hours of March 27 — 15 years after he killed a teen in a drunken crash.
“You realize I’m a congressional candidate for this district, proper?” Smith says to the arresting officer whereas cuffed at the back of a cruiser, in keeping with dashcam and bodycam footage obtained by NJ.com.
Footage reveals Smith’s truck swerving out and in of his lane on Route 130, almost hitting one other car at one level earlier than the officer pulled him over.
Smith instructed the officer that he solely drank one margarita at a neighborhood taco restaurant, video reveals. He stated the suspension on his trunk makes it tough to manage. After a number of sobriety exams, Smith stated that the margarita had been a double, in keeping with the video.
He refused to take a breathalyzer check and was charged with driving below the affect, in addition to reckless and careless driving. He’s due in court docket on April 14.
Smith and his marketing campaign, nonetheless, denied that he was drunk and stated he refused the breath check due his mistrust within the authorities.
“I used to be pulled over, handed a sobriety check (in poor circumstances), and was arrested,” Smith insisted in an Instagram publish final week. “My option to not undergo a breathalyzer displays my mistrust after 2 years of persecution.”
He’s been issued main day by day fines and mounting authorized prices into the hundreds of thousands for maintaining his health club open.
Video reveals officers administering eye monitoring exams and steadiness exams to Smith in a parking zone off the freeway. After he’s cuffed, he tells officers he believed he previous all of the exams despite the windy circumstances.
“Standing out right here on a windy freeway, I didn’t go that check that you simply simply gave me? You’re submitting me to steadiness exams, which I did,” Smith says within the video.
As soon as within the backseat of the patrol automobile, an officer remarks to Smith “how poor your driving was, how poor your check was.”
Smith then appears to query whether or not his arrest was some form of setup.
“You didn’t receives a commission to do that?” Smith asks the officer en path to the station.
“I didn’t receives a commission to do what?” the officer responds. “I’m doing my job. I don’t know what you imply. Receives a commission to do what?”
After a second of silence, Smith then mentions his marketing campaign. “You realize that I’m a congressional candidate on this district, proper, and that there’s a (inaudible) on me,” Smith stated.
Smith is difficult two-term Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, a former Obama White Home staffer.
He has been candid about his 2007 drunk driving crash that killed 19-year-old pupil Kevin Ade.
“It’s one thing I settle for full accountability for,” he stated in a video confessional in May 2020 of the crash when he was a 20-year-old pupil.