36-year-old charged for suspected drunk driving crash that injured Clay County deputy

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Photo courtesy of Clay County Sheriff's Deputy via Twitter.

SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Prosecutors have charged a 36-year-old Missouri man on Tuesday in connection with an accident that injured two people in March including a Clay County Deputy.

Ryan G. Ardis is accused of driving while intoxicated and crashing his vehicle into two other occupied vehicles including a law enforcement vehicle.  He was charged with felony vehicular assault in connection to the accident.

Photo courtesy of Clay County Sheriff's Deputy via Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy via Twitter.

Court documents say Ardis was heading north on U.S. 169 just south of Route KK in Smithville at 63 mph in a 35 mph zone in a Dodge Durango. The deputy told prosecutors that she intended to pull Ardis over but quickly realized his vehicle began to drift across the center lane and into the southbound lane of U.S. 169. Ardis suddenly struck the patrol vehicle and a Jeep Wrangler. The jeep was spun around and off the side of the highway.

Prosecutors say Ardis admitted to drinking and willing participated in a field sobriety test. Less than two hours from the accident Ardis had a bac of .097, which is above the legal 0.08 limit in Missouri.

According to court documents, Ardis has a prior DWI arrest in Johnson County.

Ardis allegedly told prosecutors that he had been traveling to Warrensburg, Missouri on I-435 and realized he was heading the wrong way. He added that he got onto U.S. 169 in an effort to turn around and was heading north when he didn’t remember anything else.