Smithville man faces DWI charge after 45 Highway crash

A Smithville, Mo. man faces two charges after a crash on 45 Highway in July left himself and a passenger seriously injured.

The Platte County Prosecutor’s office filed charges last week against Richard Porter, 37 on two counts – driving while intoxicated, a class E felony and careless and imprudent driving, a Class A misdemeanor.

 Richard Porter

Richard Porter

According to court documents, Porter and a passenger on his motorcycle were seriously injured in a crash on July 22, 2017. Witnesses say that Porter was traveling at a high rate of speed and zigzagging in and out of traffic on 45 Highway near Parkville when he struck a curb. The collision caused Porter and his passenger, who suffered a broken femur and ankle in the crash, to be thrown from the bike.

According to court documents, blood drawn from Porter revealed a blood-alcohol level of .252, more than three times the legal limit.