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Salina truck driver’s arraignment postponed

By The Mercury

Arraignment for a Salina truck driver charged with second-degree attempted murder has been continued in Pottawatomie County District Court.

The arraignment for Robert Lee Smith has been postponed until 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. Smith was scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Thursday but at the request of the defendant the court date was continued by District Judge Jeff Elder.

Smith is charged with seven counts in connection with an Oct. 7 incident in which he allegedly threatened motorists in three counties with the semi tractor-trailer he was driving.

Smith is suspected of using the semi to intentionally force motorists off of Interstate 70 and K-99, both south and north of Wamego.

Near Louisville, Smith allegedly rammed a compact car driven by a Frankfort woman and chased the vehicle through private property just north of the Louisville Road intersection.

The woman, as well as three occupants of another vehicle, were taken to Wamego City Hospital and treated for minor injuries following the incident.

In addition to second degree attempted murder, Smith is charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, and felony fleeing and eluding.

He remains in the Pottawatomie County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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