|Agency||Topeka Kansas Police Department|
|Dates of Service||October 7, 2019 - January 21, 2022.|
|Last Known Status||Resigned|
On October 26, 2021, Smith was driving and hit a car that was parked in front of the owner's house. He left the scene, called police to report that his wife had hit a car, picked up his wife, and drove the car back to the scene of the accident. Smith told responding officers that his wife had been driving.
Doorbell video was "inconsistent" with Smith's version of events.
Smith asked one of the responding officers to turn off his body-worn camera, and then confessed to being the driver.
The Kansas Highway Patrol took over the investigation, and found that Smith smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Smith's BAC was .089, above the state limit of .08.
As part of the investigation, Smith was put on paid administrative leave.
The charges against Smith were dropped when Smith entered a diversion agreement.
Without explicitly stating whether the other officer disabled his camera, the investigation found "no other policy violations by other employees".
- Tim Hrenchir, Topeka police officer blamed wife for drunken driving crash. Here's the status of his certification., Topeka Capital-Journal, 2022-09-13
- Steven Smith, Police Officer, City of Topeka, govSalaries
- Summary Order of Revocation, Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, 2022-08-15
- Tim Hrenchir, Topeka police officer Steven Smith arrested in connection with driving under the influence, Topeka Capital-Journal, 2021-10-28