Routine traffic stop takes unexpected turn of events for police officer

1102 Police Lights+Road_1531703349995.png.jpg

What started out as a routine traffic stop in Bowman,ND turned into more than what one officer expected.

On July 19, 2018 around 11 p.m. Sonia Maria Smole was initially pulled over for a tinted windshield violation by a Bowman Police officer. 

As the officer was inspecting the window, she sped off at 78 miles per hour on US Highway 12, causing one motorist to drive off the road into a ditch. 

The officer pursued her and arrested her at a nearby hotel in Bowman. 

She was later transported to Bowman Southwest Healthcare Hospital and released from police custody, when she told officers she had low potassium and was having trouble breathing.

The bowman hospital later informed the police department that Smole was being “involuntarily committed” to a hospital facility in Rapid City. 

Smole’s vehicle was impounded at the Bowman Police Station, and upon further investigation an unlicensed semi-automatic pistol was found in the front glove box, along with marijuana paraphernalia in the center armrest compartment and front seat. 

She is charged with two Class C Felonies and four misdemeanors.

The Bowman Police Department said a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss