Man charged with reckless endangerment

A 28-year-old Minot man is accused of driving into a woman who was trying to repossess the vehicle she had sold to him.

Jeremy Trey Smith is charged with reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, in district court in Minot. He made an initial appearance on the charge on Feb. 16 before Judge Doug Mattson.

The charge was filed Feb. 8 but the incident took place more than a year ago, on Dec. 18, 2016.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the alleged victim was in the process of selling a 1999 Jeep Cherokee to Smith. Smith had signed a contract agreeing to pay the woman $150 every week until it was paid off. If he failed to pay it off in full by Jan. 15, 2017, the contract said the vehicle would be returned to her. Smith had not made a payment on the vehicle since the middle of August 2016. The alleged victim contacted Smith multiple times asking him to return the vehicle. Smith replied in different text messages that the woman should accept the financial loss and let him keep the vehicle. He threatened to fight if anyone tried to repossess the vehicle and said it would end up on the national news if anyone tried.

The vehicle’s owner and a friend located the vehicle parked at an address on Tuttle Avenue. Smith was in the driver’s seat. The woman told Smith to get out of the vehicle. He ignored her and backed up the vehicle and she kicked the door. Once he had backed out of the driveway, he pulled forward then backed up again, according to the affidavit. He then drove forward, striking the alleged victim in the left knee, causing her to stumble backwards a couple of feet. Smith then backed up again to avoid the vehicle driven by the woman’s friend and drove away.

The alleged victim estimated Smith was driving about 5 to 10 mph when he struck her. She refused treatment at the scene of the incident.

Smith also has other pending charges in district court in Minot, including possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and driving with a suspended driver’s license, a Class B misdemeanor, both dating back to Jan. 7, 2017, and one additional charge of driving with a suspended license, one dating back to Feb. 4, 2017. He was convicted of driving with a suspended license on Dec. 12, 2016 in Ward County.