NJ lockdown-defying gym owner Ian Smith charged with impaired driving


The lockdown-defying New Jersey gym owner who is now running for Congress has been arrested for suspected drunk driving – 15 years after he killed a teenager in a drunken crash.

Ian Smith, who risked jail and financial ruin to keep his Atilis Gym in Bellmawr open throughout the pandemic, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, he confirmed on Instagram on Wednesday.

But Smith and his campaign team have denied he was driving drunk – and insist he only refused to comply with the cop’s demands because he feared a frame-up.

“I got arrested, took a sobriety test (under poor conditions) and got arrested,” Smith insisted in his post.

“My choice not to submit to a breathalyzer test reflects my distrust after 2 years of persecution,” insisted Smith, who faced colossal daily fines and mounting legal costs for keeping his gym open. .

He was charged by Cinnaminson police with driving under the influence, refusing to take a breathalyzer as well as careless and reckless driving, NJ.com confirmed. He was released with a court date set for April 14.

His campaign spokesman, Steve Kush, told the New Jersey Globe that the congressional candidate “doesn’t have much faith in the government after the persecution he suffered” from Gov. Phil Murphy.

Ian Smith plans to challenge two-term Rep. Andy Kim in New Jersey’s 3rd District.
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Ian Smith
Smith has been on social media around his opposition to the governor’s handling of COVID-19.
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Smith risked jail and financial ruin to keep his Atilis Gym open during the pandemic.
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He also called on Cinnaminson police to release video of the stop, insisting it would show Smith had passed field sobriety tests, insisting the gym owner’s truck would not have only swerved due to strong winds.

“Ian Smith was not driving while intoxicated. Ian Smith is innocent,” Kush said in the statement. “Ian will have his day in court and will be vindicated.”

Cinnaminson Police Chief Richard Calabrese told NJ.com on Tuesday that he had not seen footage of the stop and could not comment on Smith’s claims.

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“My choice not to submit to a breathalyzer test reflects my distrust after 2 years of persecution,” Smith said.
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Ian Smith is very open about his 2007 impaired driving accident.
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Smith was released with a court date set for April 14.
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Smith is currently challenging Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, a former White House staffer for Obama, for two terms.

Even before his campaign, he openly discussed the 2007 drunk driving crash that killed 19-year-old student Kevin Ade, which he said generated “rightfully a lot of hatred and resentment towards me “.

“It’s something I accept full responsibility for,” he said in a video confessional in May 2020 of the accident while a 20-year-old student.

“My actions caused the death of a young man and broke the hearts of an entire community… There is nothing I can do but try to live a good life and give back,” he said in the video.



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