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Police: Sycamore man left trail after crash

SYCAMORE – A trail of gasoline led police from a fire hydrant that a Sycamore man plowed over with his SUV to the man’s front door early Monday, authorities said.

Matthew Smith, of the 1600 block of Brower Place in the Reston Ponds subdivision, knocked a fire hydrant off its base in the 1700 block of Thurow Street about 12:10 a.m. Monday, police said. Authorities said they found a license plate at the scene and followed the trail of gasoline to Smith’s home nearby.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found Smith’s 2003 Ford SUV in the garage with damage and red paint transferred from the fire hydrant, authorities said. They also found commercial fireworks, including mortars, bottle rockets and Roman candles, court documents show.

Police smelled alcohol on Smith, so they also received permission through the search warrant to take blood and urine samples, court records show.

Smith was charged with criminal damage to state-supported property, possession of fireworks, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license. Additional charges could be filed after police receive the blood and urine test results, Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson said.

The neighborhood where the incident occurred is east of Somonauk Street and north of Bethany Road.
Smith posted 10 percent of his $20,000 bond and is next due in court Aug. 28.

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