Speculation around the county is that the Sheriff’s Department in some way targeted Smith for arrest.
“I flatly deny there was any kind of conspiracy — that’s for sure,” said Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill. “We had a young deputy who witnessed a violation and made a traffic stop.”
Eight deputies are trained police officers who have the power to make arrests, and the officer who stopped Smith, Deputy Luke Cromp, is one of them.
The State Police assisted with administering the sobriety tests.
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