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Henrico Police Lt. arrested for DWI in Hanover

Henry Smith (Source: Hanover County Sheriff's Office) Henry Smith (Source: Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

A Henrico Police lieutenant has been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Hanover.

Henry Click Smith II was arrested Saturday on a class one misdemeanor charge of DWI, according to Hanover Police. Smith has been with the Henrico Police Department since 1996, according to the county's Human Relations department. He has been a lieutenant with the department for the past four years.

According to court documents, Smith was arrested in Doswell on Saturday night in the parking lot of the 7-11 on King's Dominion Boulevard. The criminal complaint says Smith was driving a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. Hanover sheriff's deputies say it was a minor accident where Smith backed into another car in the parking lot. Smith told the store clerk.

The officer on scene writes in his criminal complaint that Smith, "…had a strong odor of alcohol beverage on or about his person." The officer also writes that Smith, "…was swaying and staggered and used his vehicle to help support himself." The criminal complaint states that Smith's eyes were watery and red.

Smith was arrested without incident and later submitted to a sobriety test which determined he was under the influence.  The arrest warrant says he had a Blood Alcohol Content of .18. 

NBC12 found about Smith's arrest on a day we already had an interview set up with the Henrico Chief of Police.  We asked for his reaction.

"The matter that you're asking me about is a personnel matter and we don't discuss personnel matters and it's not our case," Chief Douglas Middleton said.

Court documents show this is Smith's first DWI offense which is a misdemeanor.  Hanover Police say the damage to both vehicles involved in the accident is about $200 each. 

When NBC12 last checked with the Henrico County's Human Resources department, Lt. Smith is still listed as an employee.

Smith is due in court on September 3 to be arraigned. He was released on his own recognizance.

Henrico Police are not commenting on the arrest, as they say it is a personnel matter.

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