Memorial day crash leads to drug, gun arrest

Austin C. Smith. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

A Memorial Day crash in Bartholomew County led to the arrest of a Pekin man. Deputies were called to the scene of the crash in the 9000 block of South County Road 100W at about 1:50 p.m. Monday afternoon, finding an upside down SUV.

The driver, 20-year-old Austin C. Smith was found to be carrying marijuana and a prescription medication according to police reports. A pistol was also found in the vehicle and Smith did not have a carry permit for the gun.

He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment and then to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of carrying a handgun without a permit along with possession of the drugs.