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44 December 10th, 2014 DAYS Freddie Smith Pleads Guilty To Vehicular Assault And Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated

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Days of our Lives star Freddie Smith (Sonny) pleaded guilty yesterday in Ashtabula Ohio County Common Pleas Court to charges stemming from his car crash incident back in October which injured his girlfriend Alyssa Tabit, and the actor himself.

According to the Star Beacon of Ohio where the incident took place, “Smith, 26, of Los Angeles, Calif., pleaded guilty to vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. All charges are related to his Oct. 7 car crash in Kingsville Township.  He is facing zero to 24 months in jail and driver’s license suspension, Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said.” Smith sentencing is scheduled for February 18th.

The report goes on to say that when Smith was asked by Common Pleas Judge Gary Yost what happened, Smith responded by relating he was driving to his parents home and fell asleep at the wheel because he had been drinking.

“I went off to the left, injuring my girlfriend, as well as myself,” Smith said. Yost told Smith after his comments that, “It appears you have been candid about what occurred (on Oct. 7).” Yost ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and scheduled the actual sentencing for 1 p.m. February 18th. Smith remains free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

So what are your thoughts on the report where Freddie plead guilty and the Judge appears to have appreciated Smith’s honesty?  What do you think the outcome will be for this Salem fan favorite? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Peter says:

    Freddie needs to go to jail, and serve some time. His girlfriend almost died and he was injured. I hope days recasts the role of Sonny, because Freddie needs to be fired.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Peter…I AGREE!!!!! Freddie needs to do SERIOUS JAIL TIME!!!!! Peter…when will people (who make the MAJOR M-I-S-T-A-K-E of drinking and driving) realize that drinking and driving DO NOT MIX?!?!? IRRESPONSIBLE FOOLS!!!!!!!

    Happy Holidays, Peter. Peace.

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    Nick D. replied

    It would be VERY rare for a first time offender to do time for this. No reason Freddie should be treated more harshly just because he is famous. Prisons are full of violent criminals, so for better or worse this is just not the type of thing people get locked away for these days (as a first time offender). I’m not saying that is right, but it is a fact.

    CeeCee replied

    Yes, he does, guys. I only hope this accident , due to Freddie’s negligence and carelessness, which could have ended in insurmountable tragedy, will teach him to respect human life, as we all should. But, some people never grow up, regardless how many times, we, as children, teens and then as adults, are told DON’T DO THIS OR THAT, by our parents. I suppose I cannot relate, therefore I have no compassion, tolerance or understanding for those who drive under the influence, nor for those who allow them to get behind the wheel….complete disregard for humanity.
    I am sorry Freddie’s girlfriend was hurt…thank God she’s okay; but, inasmuch as there will be those who will boo me, she should have not gotten in the car or at least should have stopped him from doing so. This tells me one thing….she was just as intoxicated. Nonetheless, I truly am thankful they are ok …..their life is just as dear, regardless of their utter stupidity.

    I agree with both of you. He should go to jail AND, he should be fired. The fact that he got off with a slap on the wrist serves no purpose. …..look at the example that is set for our youth…bah, humbug !!!!
    Happy holidays….smile…..

    mollie replied

    I think Freddie should meet with families whose loved ones were KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVERS. He should hear the hell and pain they went through and try and comprehend their loss. Try and imagine what a drunk driver takes away from innocent people.

    By the grace of God, Freddie did not hit or kill an innocent victim in another car.

    He needs a SERIOUS REALITY CHECK.

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    Lola replied

    Jailed? Fired? Well to those of you who think this I guess it must be easy living in your glass house, you must have never, ever, ever made a mistake or a bad judgement call. Wow, perfection has just posted at this site. I bow down to your perfectness. /snark

    If people don’t want other people to drink and drive then there should be a ZERO tolerance policy for the country. The minute you say, that some one can have a drink and drive, and that is what is being said by there being .08 threshold then the door opens to all kinds of interpretations of how much you can drink before being over the limit. Freddie does not deserve to go to jail or to be fired or attend an AA meeting. He should however realize (and I think he does) how big a mistake he made, be grateful that no innocent party was hurt or worse and learn from it. I would also like to mention that Ms. Tabit must have thought Freddie was okay to drive as well or she would not have got in the care with him. Just saying.

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    CeeCee replied

    Really, Lola? Tell it to those mothers who have lost children; …..babies because of people driving under the influence. I have never drunk myself to the point of no return….never been in a stupor due to drugs…..and, I am of this generation. There is no excuse. Freddie is an adult and he should have known better. People such as he, leave devastation in their wake. I care not how repentant he is…too late.
    You are more or less, inderectly saying, “….let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Well, that’s all well and good, but do not tell it to those parents whose lives have forever been changed due to these morons… That’s exactly what Freddie is; a moron.
    With all due respect, Lola, your words only open a wound that will never heal….your words only inflict more pain to those who have endured the most horrific pain one could ever experience. If my intolerance makes me think of myself as perfect? Sobeit !!!!

    Me replied

    They never mention in what state she was in. Like someone here said, maybe she was just as drunk. Or maybe she fell asleep like he suddenly says he did.

    And how come they never ever mention what her injuries were? The press tells us everything else we don’t want to know.

    And how can Freddie be so cheerful and do all his other extra-DAYS stuff and entertain the needy fans (via Guy, seems like he’s the one in charge of the dumb selfies) a day after he has pleaded guilty and may get jailed!? Is he the only one not realizing the seriousness of his situation? Seems to me he is totally oblivious to what he has done and what this could mean for his future.

  2. sonniorsolita says:

    Yes, it’s a serious matter. But to his credit, Freddie seems to understand the seriousness of what he did. By taking responsibility and pleading guilty, he has saved taxpayers the time and money of a trial, which reflects well on him. I hope he has learned a lesson; it will be interesting to see what the judge’s sentence is.

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  3. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    I liked Freddie but i have to agree with Peter…i lost my 19 year old cousin to a drunk driver…her parents had no other children…Freddie and his girlfriend survived the crash but thats not the point…he committed a crime and should do the time…enough said!!!

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    Ces replied

    I agree!

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  4. Llanviewer717 says:

    This is such a sad story for this young man. While I appreciate his honesty, there is no excuse for drinking and driving.

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  5. Jeremy says:

    I’m a fan of Freddie, however if he needs to step out of DAYS for a while, I do hope DAYS temporarily recasts the role of Sonny, if need be.

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  6. Mark says:

    Don’t drink and drive. I love Freddie/Sonny tho and this Peter Narita story is making me all tingly all over!!

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  7. Mateo says:

    It’s so easy to cast judgment and make decisions and take the high and mighty road. What impresses me most about Freddie is that he is taking responsibility for his actions. I don’t believe that personal actions dictate professional repercussions. Freddie should pay for misdeed. It was a poor decision and one that has long lasting results. He should not however lose his job over it. All of us have made major blunders in our lives on the personal front but we do not deserve to lose a job because of it. I pray for Freddie’s emotional well being and that he learns a solid lesson from the experience but I also hope to see him back on Days once the penalty has been paid. Life is one hell of a teacher and so are the days of our lives….

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  8. Wendy - Vancouver says:

    When something like this happens, I always wish the judge could order, before sentencing, that the individual or individuals (maybe the girlfriend was also very drunk and couldn’t have driven either), are sent to compulsory AA meetings until sentencing. It would perhaps be a way to see if the drunk driver has a serious conclusion to their actions with making a pledge to be a sober living person in the future. Better than a prison sentence, I feel, as drinking and driving is something which is a choice of a person with poor judgement due to intoxication. But those who’ve lost family or friends to drunk drivers, it is easy to see their stance on wanting jail time for the drunk drivers.
    There are still too many folks who think it’s okay to ‘have a few drinks’ and then get in a car and drive.
    Fact: With a blood alcohol level of just 0.05, a driver is liable 5 x’s more than when sober to have an accident. With a blood alcohol level of just 0.08, the risk is 10 x’s more.
    So, in my opinion, NO ONE should drink any alcoholic drink and within a 4 hour time span get in a car and drive. And in the past I worked as a Critical Care RN; so have seen many broken bodies from the results of drinking and driving. It is such a waste of lives and health for those injured.

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  9. Mike says:

    I’m torn on this. He made a bad mistake, he almost got himself killed and his girlfriend – but in the end, he didn’t. He was lucky, yes, but in the end, no one died in this instance. So, I’m not sure I’m on board for sending him away for a lengthy jail time and for him to lose his job as well. I had a friend who was pulled over for dwi. He could have caused an accident – but he didn’t. He got probation for a year and his car was fitted with a breathalyzer, at his expense, for that time period. He couldn’t go anywhere in that car without breathing into it. And the process changed his behavior. If he knows he’s going somewhere where he has a likelihood of drinking, he takes a taxi, or has made arrangements to be dropped off and picked up. So, it did make him change his ways.

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  10. su0000 says:

    Drinking and driving is very bad..
    Most people when drunk to know they are drunk, too buzzed to drive,, no excuse but a fact..
    His bond was $5,000 .. that is very low so he will get probation and community time and lose his license and then take classes to get it back, is the usual..
    thankful nobody was killed ..

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  11. Mary SF says:

    It wasn’t a mistake, it was a choice. He didn’t accidentally drink impaired, he knew he had been drinking, he is old enough and informed enough to know the consequences that might occur if he drove in that condition– and he still made the choice to do it. The only mistake he made was believing those consequences wouldn’t happen to him– but they did.

    I commend him for owing up to it and his willingness to take his punishment for breaking the law– and laws were broken. However, I do not believe serious jail time will benefit anyone in this instance. I think he should do house arrest for a decent period and make him to PSA about drinking and driving. The least he could do is use his semi celebrity status to try to get through people’s head that drinking and driving do not mix– and that it is a lot easier and cheaper to call a cab than a lawyer.

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  12. Catherine says:

    I hope he won’t serve jail time. In his defense, it was a first offence and normally, first offenders don’t do jail jail time. I think it was a lack of judgment to drink and drive, but no one got hurt and i think he learn a valuable lesson. I don’t think jail time would make a difference. I know it’s something he would not do again.

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    Ces replied

    How do you know he won’t do this again? Do you know him personally? Or are you thinking of Sonny the character not Freddie the actor who could have killed his GF or someone else? A first offender shouldn’t be let off the hook so easily.

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    jeff replied

    It only takes once to kill someone or yourself. And you don’t know if it was his first offense or not. He could have driven this way many times before. That’s usually the case, but we don’t know. Hopefully he learns from this, whether or not he’s done it before or not.

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  13. Eddie says:

    I think the fact that Alyssa could have died from her injuries will haunt Freddie the rest of his life. I hope the judge gives him 2 years of probation/community service, and asks California to suspend Freddie’s drivers license for somewhere between 6 months and 2 years.

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    Me replied

    I have the impression that nothing is haunting him at all. He’s still entertaining the same handful of needy fans as if nothing had happened.

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  14. Elite Advisors says:

    I understand he made a mistake…but the fact of the mater is that he got behind a wheel of a vehicle and COULD have possibly taken a life. He, as with all offenders, need t not only take responsibility, but pay for his actions.

    He is fortunate in that he can move forward with his life and not have to bear the burden of having taken a life. I can’t imagine the grief and guilt others have had to endure.

    As an actor, he chose to live in the public eye, and therefore, he is also a brand ambassador for DOOL and their values…he should be recast.

    I like the actor but …Actions have consequences.

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    Ces replied

    well said.
    I agree.
    I was a fan of Freddie’s but his poor judgment could have killed his GF or some innocent person driving. I don’t think he should be let off the hook as a first time offender. How many times does a person need to make a mistake? Until they actually kill someone? First case DUI’s should be given strict punishment so they DON’T become a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time offender ….
    I don’t believe in letting these things slide whether they are in the public eye or not. DAYS should teach him a lesson.

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    Me replied

    I agree Ces. Why treat a first DUI lighter? It’s actually the one that should be very strict to deter it from happening again. I don’t want him to go to jail but I hope he doesn’t think it was a minor thing, let’s plead guilty and move on. Actions have consequences indeed.

    ces replied

    I agree Me!

  15. Me says:

    People who are proud of him for pleading guilty puzzle me. As if he really had a choice other than plead guilty. I mean if he didn’t, he would be much less ‘candid’ wouldn’t he?

    What baffles me is that nobody actually sees how miserable he is. Fake friends and family and fans in his life everywhere. They play ostrich while his life and career are falling apart. Some friends/fans/family!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Are you saying he’s miserable because he is working at DAYS without CM?

    You should really give it a rest.

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    Me replied

    No, I’m not saying that.

    Me replied

    You know 4ever, you keep mocking what I say or criticising it, but what if I’m right and Freddie is hurting and you are all too selfish and lazy to see it?

    4ever DAYS replied

    Are you saying Freddie is unhappy because his character may cheat on Will?

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    CeeCee replied

    Oh, I see. He drinks and gets behind the wheel because he’s miserable. Awwww, poor thing! So, the only way to dispel his misery is to make others miserable. Makes so much sense.

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  16. Zy says:

    Even though I know he should have known better, I respect him for taking responsibility. He couldn’t hiave hired great attorney and fight it charges. I hope he doesn’t have to go to jail or loose his job.

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    Me replied

    How could he fight the charges? He was legally drunk.

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  17. 4ever DAYS says:

    I hope Freddie Smith receives the punishment equal to what other regular citizens in that jurisdiction receive…nothing less because of his celebrity and nothing more for a high profile example…and please no punishment that requires a public service announcement. He should be willing to do that in addition to his punishment.

    I hope you do what’s right, Freddie!

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    CeeCee replied

    I am so with you, 4ever. Our minds always mesh. I really liked Freddie, but my respect for him has completely vanished. What happened was no accident. An accident is when something happens beyond one’s control. He could have controlled his alcohol intake when he went for that second or third or fourth glass. Enough said….later…Happy And Healthy Holidays.

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  18. damien says:

    i hope he gets recast as well as the new will. both have zero sex appeal!

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    CeeCee replied

    OMG !!!!!. I cannot believe what I am reading. Here we are talking about driving drunk, a most egregious offense against innocent motorists, and your only contribution, damien, is Freddie’s lack of sex appeal ????? WOW !!!!

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    Me replied

    Agreed about GW! And with his lack of charm, Freddie has become charmless too.

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  19. Mo says:

    Hopefully this will serve as a wakeup call. Glad he admitted his guilt. I think justice can be served without jail time.

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  20. Gmbenet says:

    There is nothing to say. Freddie has taken responsibility for his actions. The rest is up to the judge.

    I wish Freddie well. If he gets jail time Days will have to write him out of the show for a while. But I have nothing harsh to say to Freddie. I am sure he realizes he could have accidentally killed his girlfriend. Living with that realization is hard enough.

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  21. Karen says:

    Im disappointed and a little shocked that he would be use such poor judgment on his part to drink and drive. Even though I love his character on the show and how he portray Sonny K. He should be punished for what what happened. They both could have been killed or worse an innocent person in his path

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