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51 November 15th, 2014 DAYS Freddie Smith Charged With OVI and Vehicular Assault In Car Crash Incident!

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The latest report from the Star-Beacon, the local Ashtabula, Ohio news and online outlet, has that Days of our Lives star Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) was formally charged Friday with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and vehicular assault, according to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s office.

From the Ohio State Highway Patrol: Freddie 26, was legally drunk on October 7th when he crashed his car on Route 84 in Kingsville Township  Smith, lost control of the Mazda 6 he was driving on a curve in the road.  His girlfriend, actress Alyssa Tabit, 27, of North Hollywood, Calif., was seriously injured in the crash and is now recovering from her injuries.  OSHP also  reported that Smith’s blood alcohol test result was .093, when the legal limit in Ohio is .08.

In terms of the charges: Vehicular assault is a fourth-degree felony, and the OVI charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, Ashtabula County Assistant Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper revealed.  (In Ohio, OVI is an acronym for Operating a Vehicle Impaired). An arraignment date has not been set.

So what do you think of the charges brought upon Freddie Smith and information from the OHSP? Share your thoughts below!

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  1. mollie says:

    Don’t drink and drive. Period.

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    Sharice replied

    Hope he gets a good 20-40 years in prison. I have no sympathy for these drunk drivers whether it be Colleen Zenk-Pinter or Kristoff St. John or this douche.

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    mollie replied

    After all the public info campaigns and education about NOT drinking and driving, people still do. I’ll never understand it.

    Call a cab. Call a friend for a ride. Call a car service. Just do NOT drink and drive.

    As far as Freddie goes, he’s damn lucky he didn’t kill someone.

  2. Lou Piikes says:

    This might be a dumb question, but was is OVI?

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    mel replied

    Did you read the article?

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    Lou Piikes replied

    Yes. Why don’t they just call it a DWI or DUI? This is my first time of hearing of an OVI.

    mel replied

    I think it is just an issue of what different states call it.

    rebecca1 replied

    @Lou…Michael gives the definition in the article but I’d never heard that acronym either. LOL…yes, why DON’T they just keep it as DWI or DUI or DUMB? ;)

    davlestev1 replied

    Ohio changed the wording in 1982..it still stands for the same charge.

    elm51 replied

    the article said operating a vehicle impaired……………………

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    Bart replied

    Operating a Vehicle under the Influence – OVI

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    Mary SF replied

    I think they change it from DUI to OVI to make it clearer that you can get charge for operating a vehicle, not just while driving it, meaning if you go in your car drunk, turn on the engine and fall asleep, the cops could still charge you with impairment– it is just a more precise term for what the law covers than driving—

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  3. James McDonald says:

    I like Freddie Smith on Days Of Our Lives and hope he will stay with the serial for many years in his break-through role. The injuries from the car accident and the pending trial could keep him off Days Of Our Lives for a long time. So hard for an actor to juggle his work life and keep his personal life and problems in balance at the same time.

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    davlestev1 replied

    And the injuries more seriously attached to his passenger??? If he’s not done he will be. Ohio takes great joy in low level cases that cause major hoopla on a national stage. He’s going to be jailed!!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Do you have an idea of how long he will be jailed?

    Sharice replied

    He should serve a good 20 years in prison.

    davlestev1 replied

    His blood alcohol level means they could double hits sentencing time. He will have to serve some time or the courts will look bad.

  4. jeff says:

    They are lessening the charges. Only vehicular assault even though the law states it should aggravated vehicular assault. He will get with a wrist slap. Disgraceful.

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  5. Nick D. says:

    Hopefully this does not affect Freddie’s career and he uses it as a wake up call. He and his girlfriend were very lucky to not be more seriously injured. I think Freddie is a good guy who made a stupid mistake that millions of others have made. Let him do some public service and move forward. Best wishes to his girlfriend for a swift and speedy recovery.

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    Patrick replied

    “… Freddie is a good guy who made a stupid mistake ”

    I can only hope… that he and his girlfriend work through this and just look forward

    it’s a mindless misdeed.. that shouldn’t go unpunished (inexcusable)

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    davlestev1 replied

    Don’t GLOSS over a laminated page…it distorts the TEXT…or do I mean TRUTH

    Nick D. replied

    Just as a frame of reference until about a decade ago the legal limit in most states was .10. The federal government coerced states to lower it to .08 in order to receive highway funding.

    That is not to in any way excuse what Freddie has done – he took a stupid risk, violated the law, and caused harm to himself, his girlfriend, and his vehicle. He is VERY lucky the injuries were not more severe.

    However, to put it into context I do think it helps to understand that this young man was not exactly falling down drunk. The amount of alcohol in his system was relatively small. More likely he is a characteristically dangerous and speedy driver and that plus the small amount of alcohol caught up with him.

    I reiterate that I hope he learns his lesson and makes wiser choices in the future. However I do not think that this needs to have any major repercussions on his career. There won’t be a trial or anything like that. He will lose his licence for a time and possibly do some community service. That is the appropriate punishment here.

    PV Jr. replied

    Drinking and driving, texting and driving, distracted driving – it is all the same thing.

    When it comes down to it, most Americans fail to remember that

    DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And whenever you have a passenger, you have precious cargo. You need to be responsible for those in your vehicle and those other vehicles on the road.

    I am so sick of the irresponsible people behind the wheel – and it isn’t just automobiles. Look at the casualties from public transportation – ferries and trains. This world needs to wake up and realize it is not all about the individual and his/her needs like no one else exists.

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  6. James McDonald says:

    OOPS! I forgot to add to my last message that if Days Of Our Lives tapes 4 months and a half ahead of schedule, it will probably be in late February when we notice Freddie Smith is not on Days so much, if he took time out to heal from his injuries and the pending trial.

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  7. Donny says:

    Put him in jail, what a jerk for drinking and driving. His girlfriend almost died. I hope Days of Our Lives fires Freddie Smith, and recasts the role of Sonny. Freddie you should have taken the cab, give your head a shake Freddy.

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  8. Eileen Hargis says:

    I dont understand why he wasnt given a DUI at the time of the accident. The police report stated alcohol and speed were involved.

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  9. su0000 says:

    I’ve heard of..
    DWI .. DUI .. but never of OVI …

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I’m happy they were not DOA!

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  10. Afra says:

    Freddie is a really fine young man. I hope people who were affected to forgive him.
    I perfectly know that what he feels right now is enough torture.

    I wish that Freddie remain strong, my wishes also go to Alyssa that she will get healed.

    we all need to be positive and learn from all incidents of our lives and others as well !

    we love you Freddie and Alyssa !

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  11. Kjl says:

    From the severity of the crash and injuries it sounds like the charges should be more serious then a misdemeanor and fourth level felony. Hope he takes these charges seriously and gets the help he needs. If he needs to leave the show for that to happen then he should, dealing with this and why he thought it was OK to drink and drive is most important. He is so lucky no one was killed.

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  12. Mo says:

    It’s very sad that he chose to drive drunk and not only put himself and his passenger at risk, but others on the road as well. He’s lucky he didn’t kill anyone. I wonder why his passenger got in the car with him. Was she sober?

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  13. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    How many times have we had imprinted in our brains DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. I like Freddie and love the character of Sonny, but what he did was wrong, and should be held accounted for the actions he’s caused. This is simply unacceptable. He could’ve killed himself, his girlfriend or anyone else for that matter, due to his negligence on the road. I’m disappointed.

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  14. Michelle says:

    He will get a slap an the wrist. My sister has a problem and has maybe 6 or 7 DUI in Ohio. She didn’t serve time until maybe the 4 or 5th. Probation is my guess.

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    davlestev1 replied

    Did she injure anyone at anytime all that happened? I sure hope you and your family stepped in with an intervention! That’s certainly nothing to brag about. He caused injuries in an accident!

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    Michelle replied

    No One hurt. You can’t force an addict to get help. I’m using the tough love approach.
    Sad but true :(

    davlestev1 replied

    Michelle.. Tough love is more than closing your eyes in the middle of winter and hoping when you open them it’s SUMMER… she needs your help before she’s in the news.. Hopefully she’s better but if not….

  15. k/kay says:

    Lawyers will plead it down probation community service fines probably request rehab. My girlfriend was killed by a drunk driver a year ago the person has still not went to trial and still running around taking no responsibility for the tragedy. He does not need to continue to have a job show him the exit door.

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    davlestev1 replied

    So sorry. I can’t imagine how you feel. . But that would leave me with a lifetime of anger!

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    k/kay replied

    Thanks I know I came off harsh about this actor but I have zero tolerance for these actions stay home and celebrate or get a designated driver. He made a mistake yes I would like to think he will learn something from it but I am sorry we have hollywood and politicians out there excusing their behavior with look at me I am a big shot when most of them aren’t fit to kiss my boots. Private business owner never have drawn an unemployment check in my life raised by a farmer and a business owner we were never given a chance for excuses you screwed up you owned it. Rant over!

    k/kay replied

    Also just so you will know she did make-up and hair for a lot of Broadway shows she was a wonderful human being. SO actors take note please do not drink and drive stay home or hire a driver you have the money!

    jaybird369 replied

    k/kay…girlfriend…you have EVERY RIGHT to be H-A-R-S-H!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, drunk drivers are nothing but CONNIVING CREEPS AND COWARDS who act like they’re above the law…which they AIN’T!!!!! Honey…the fact that your girlfriend’s killer (one year later) is STILL running around and all scot-free…N-O. That just proves to me that THE SO-CALLED JUDICIAL SYSTEM in our country is STILL W-A-Y TOO LENIENT when it comes to drunk drivers!!!!! k/kay, check this out: Back in the early ’90′s (1991, I think), a friend of my mom’s had an older brother who was killed by a drunk driver. He was less than 10 minutes away from his house (aka almost home) when this happened. His killer (a female college student who was B-O-T-H drunk and high as a kite!!!!!) got off scot-free!!!!! No jail and/or prison time, no license REVOKED…NOTHING!!!!! To this day, this COWARDLY CHICK (whoever she is) REMAINS FREE!!!!! BEYOND UNFAIR!!!!! k/kay…if you wouldn’t mind, I will keep you and your friend’s family in my thoughts and in my prayers. k/kay…STAY STRONG SWEETHEART!!!!!

    Peace.

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    k/kay replied

    I was going to leave this alone but here goes about a year ago every soap columnist in the world was hanging a wonderful actor out to dry for a alleged sexual harrassement charge. Unfounded charges bullshit rumors! But somehow when a actor pulls a dumb shit act like driving drunk he is just misunderstood. I am sorry everybody is sick with their double standards! I hope this actor has a wake up call but to even put thes guys in the same ball park makes me sick!

    k/kay replied

    Am I angry you dam right I am thanks Jaybird you are a nice guy!!!

    Jamesj75 replied

    Kudos to k/kay and jay! And my sincere sympathies to k/kay.

    People need to be held accountable for their crimes, particularly when there is loss of life or personal injury. As so many others at this thread have stated eloquently, there is no reason to get behind the wheel of a car impaired in any way. In addition to drunk drivers and high drivers, we also have to worry about texting drivers. As I learned in driver’s ed (a long, long time ago), driving is a privilege, one that takes skill and responsibility. Distractions and impairments adversely affect the operation of a motor vehicle.

    If one is impaired, there is no dishonor in asking for assistance to return home safely. And most friends/family won’t mind providing that assistance, especially in lieu of the possibly deadly alternatives…

  16. Mary SF says:

    When you make choices you chose the consequences of that choice, by choosing to drive while impaired you are accepting the risk that you could cause an accident, kill or seriously injured an innocent bystander and risk being charged and convicted of various things.

    I just don’t understand in this day and age when the risk factors of driving while impaired is so well known and proclaim, why people don’t have some kind of alternative mode of getting home in place if they chose to drink is beyond me. You don’t have to be falling down drunk to be impaired, which why so many still believe they are okay to drive, they don’t think they are “drunk”.

    Being charged and being convicted are two different things, so he will have his day in court to either take responsibility for his choice or prove they are wrong about his impairment level. But whatever the outcome in the court room I hope he will use his status and experience to help the public awareness campaign against driving and drinking.

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    davlestev1 replied

    I agree Mary SF… you think everything is fine until that engine kicks over. . You’re no longer caught up in the partying mayhem but on the street. . In a car. . Calmed down. . And THAT’S when the alcohol kicks in! !

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  17. Jeff says:

    The prosecutor is lessening the charges. Because the OHP and the victim family asked him too. So he will walk away scott free. He will do no time. and maybe pay a fine. That’s what it means to be a celeb in this country. You get to do what you want but you don’t get due punishment because you’re a celeb. Oh and MAYBE he’ll get probation. Big whoop, he will be in Calif. So what does he care and what do calif laws care. It truly is sad when appropriate charges are not filed because of who you are.

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  18. Peggy Thornsbury says:

    I think they should give him a chance. Since it is just his first time.

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    PV Jr. replied

    That is what is wrong with this country.

    Oh, it’s just his FIRST time. So when he is a distracted driver (in any capacity the next time), what do you think should happen?

    I repeat, DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A RIGHT!

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  19. James McDonald says:

    We don’t know if Freddie Smith has anything else on his driving record from the past, nor if he has any past charges on him, so we assume this is his first-time offense.
    If the girlfriend wanted to press charges of her own against him for drunk driving and negligence, dangerous and reckless driving, putting her in harm, whatever a lawyer could add to it, she most certainly could do that.

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  20. Gmbenet says:

    There is nothing for us to think about the charges against Freddie. They are what they are. I would like to know the penalties for both charges. Is jail time a possibility? If so, the writers may have to write in a temporary trip out of Salem for Sonny so that he can fulfill his obligation to the State of Ohio.

    I am glad Freddie and his girlfriend are okay.

    I don’t think the authorities in Ohio will care one hill of beans about what Days of our lives fans think about their decisions in this matter.

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