A Marion woman charged in October with ramming a man’s car then chasing him in a stolen vehicle was sentenced in McDowell County District Court.
April Dawn Smith, 40, address listed as McKinney Road in Marion, was found guilty of larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to real property and assault with a deadly weapon. She was sentenced nine to 20 months in prison and given credit for 32 days time served. She must pay $150 restitution to the victim. She must pay court costs.
Smith also pleaded not guilty and was found guilty of driving while impaired, level three. She was sentenced to six months in prison concurrent to the previous judgement.
At 8:41 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, Deputy Robert Watson of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the vicinity of Exit 90 on I-40 eastbound and met with the victim, Brian Jones, of Morganton.
Jones, an acquaintance of Smith’s, reported that he stopped at Samir’s on Burma Road East in Nebo to get food. Smith pulled up behind him, got out of her vehicle and began beating the window of Jones’s automobile. As Jones was leaving, Smith attempted to block him in, but he was able to get out of the parking lot and traveled to the I-40 eastbound ramp.
Smith pursued Jones and used her vehicle to strike the rear bumper of Jones’s Honda Fit in an attempt to knock him off the road. Jones stopped his car and called for authorities. Smith continued on and was apprehended a short time later by Burke County sheriff’s deputies on Dysartsville Road. It was then discovered that the 2012 Ford Fusion Smith was driving was stolen.
That same morning, John Owens, of Porter Ridge Road in Marion, reported that Smith, who was staying at his house, stole his Ford Fusion. The vehicle was recovered.
After Smith was apprehended and taken to jail, authorities located 4 grams of methamphetamine on her person. Her bond was subsequently set at $51,000.