Peter G. Smoot, 49 of rural Carmi has been arrested on charges he was in possession of a pickup truck reported stolen in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. White County Sheriff's police were dispatched to the Mike
Barbre farm north of Carmi on the morning of Saturday, November 23 to investigate a report of a green 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck parked on his property. A computer check of the license plates revealed that Tonya Williams of Hopkinsville, Kentucky had reported the truck stolen.
As police were in the process of having the stolen truck towed away, another vehicle drove up to the scene but did not stop. A deputy stopped the vehicle and identified a passenger in the vehicle as Peter Smoot. According to a police report of the incident, Smoot said he had been in possession of the truck for about two months. Smoot stated that Tonya Williams was his friend and that her truck had been towed away in Kentucky after she was arrested on an unspecified charge. At the request of Ms. Williams, Smoot bailed the truck out by paying the towing and storage fees and had been driving it ever since. According to the police report, Ms. Williams said she wants her truck back once she gets out of jail. Smoot said he would not return the truck until Ms. Williams paid him back for the towing and storage costs. Smoot remains in the Carmi-White County jail pending a December 16 preliminary hearing. A judge set Smoot's bond at $30,000.
It turns out that the driver of the vehicle that pulled up at the Barbre farm scene was wanted on a local warrant. The driver was identified as Michael H. McIntyre, 39 of rural Carmi. McIntyre was wanted out of Hamilton County on a failure to appear warrant and Williamson County on another failure to appear warrant. McIntyre was jailed on both warrants as well as a local charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license. Bond was set at $550 cash on all charges.