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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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May 21, 2012

Wheeling Man convicted of
Interstate Domestic Violence

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A Wheeling, West Virginia man has admitted that he tried to run into his ex-girlfriend’s car during a chase that began in West Virginia and ended in Ohio and that led to police cruisers being damaged.

CURTIS L. SMELLEY, 39 years old, pleaded guilty to one count of “Interstate Domestic Violence” in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. SMELLEY threatened his ex-girlfriend by telephone and then attempted to strike her car with his car in June of 2011 as both were traveling on Wheeling Island. The victim then fled across the state line into Bridgeport, Ohio, with SMELLEY in pursuit. SMELLEY was unsuccessful in striking the victim’s car but did slam into two Bridgeport, Ohio police cruisers before he left the scene. Both cruisers suffered significant damage.

SMELLEY, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000. SMELLEY’s pre-trial release was recently revoked due to an unrelated charge that was filed against him in state court.

“Unfortunately domestic violence continues to be a problem but we have some terrific federal laws that we are anxious to use when something like this occurs,” said William Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney. “When someone crosses state lines with the intent to injure a current or former spouse or girlfriend then we want to know about it so that federal charges can be filed.”

The case was prosecuted by Ihlenfeld and was investigated by the Wheeling Police Department.

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