Welfare check yields DWI charge

JAVA — Don’t mess with a farmer’s field.

A trespassing complaint on a recently-planted farm field led to DWI charges for a North Java man, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

The complaint came at 5:40 p.m. June 28. A farmer reported that an all-terrain vehicle was driving through freshly-planted hay fields behind a house on Pee Dee Road.

Deputy Austin Harding said the fields are owned by a farmer on Route 98 and that no one had permission to travel on the property.

While deputies were trying to find the suspect, the property owners “caught the suspect and detained him until deputies arrived,” Harding said.

David Kleinsmith Jr., 33, also was seen on video surveillance from the farmer operating on Route 98.

He submitted to field sobriety tests and was charged with DWI.

Kleinsmith also was charged with unlawful operation of an ATV on a highway, unregistered ATV, unlawful operation of an ATV on private property, no insurance, no helmet and refusing a pre-screen test for alcohol.

He is to appear at a later date in Town Court.

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