Trooper clocks driver going 110 mph on I-69

Mug Shot Depree Smith

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A Fort Wayne man driving without a driver’s license was arrested Wednesday evening after an Indiana State Trooper clocked him going 110 miles an hour on I-69 near the Coldwater Road interchange.

According to an Indiana State Police news release, the trooper was traveling north in an unmarked Dodge Charger at about 11:15 pm when a car also going north passed him at a speed well over the posted 65 mph limit.  The trooper was able to keep up with the car which was going 110 mph.  The trooper activated his emergency lights and was able to pull the car over under the I-469 overpass.

The driver, Ionday Depree Smith, 25, was verbally belligerent and uncooperative according to the trooper making the arrest.  Smith told the trooper he didn’t have a driver’s license with him and that’s when the trooper found out through a records search that Smith’s driving privileges had been suspended for 10 years.  Because he was caught behind the wheel, Smith faces a felony count of being a Habitual Traffic Violator.  He also faces a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

Smith was taken to the Allen County Jail for processing where police say he continued to be uncooperative and belligerent.

The owner of the car Smith was driving was actually a passenger at the time of his arrest.  The car was turned over to the owner.

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