AST gave suspect a ride home hours before murder

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A spokesperson for the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety confirms an Alaska State Trooper drove 38-year-old Anthony Smith home late-New Year's Eve, just hours before the Wasilla man allegedly killed his wife, 37-year-old Amy Smith.  

A statement released Friday by DPS commissioner Walt Monegan outlined troopers' first interaction with Anthony Smith on the night of Dec. 31:

"An Alaska State Trooper did conduct a traffic stop on Mr. Smith late on New Year’s Eve. Mr. Smith successfully completed the requested field sobriety tests, so the decision not to arrest was made and that was relayed to him. Concerned about the level of impairment the trooper then additionally requested a voluntary field breathe test and Mr. Smith complied. The Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) results are not admissible in court as to the level of intoxication, so Mr. Smith was provided a ride home. Such practices are discretionary and within our policy," Monegan wrote. 

AST gave suspect a ride home hours before murder

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