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Officer: Hempfield bicyclist violated his bond

| Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, 10:45 p.m.
David Smith of Hempfield

Prosecutors are again seeking to revoke the bond of a Hempfield bicyclist who is fighting police allegations that he obstructed traffic and threatened motorists.

A South Greensburg police officer said he saw David Smith, 57, riding a bicycle on the Five Star Trail on Sunday, which would be in violation of his bond conditions, according to a motion filed in Westmoreland County court.

A hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday before Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio.

Smith is awaiting trial in eight criminal cases of slowing traffic since 2012 by riding his bicycle in the middle of roads in such a way that motorists couldn't pass him. His recognizance bond was revoked in July 2015, and Smith was taken to the Westmoreland County Prison four days after a judge warned him to not ride his bicycle.

Smith opted to remain behind bars even after another judge in October permitted his release but forbade him to ride a bicycle. He posted bond in February and was released on the condition that he not ride a bicycle while awaiting trial.

Smith's attorney did not return a phone message left Friday morning.

Tuesday's hearing will be the second time prosecutors have sought to revoke Smith's bond since February on allegations that he violated the terms of his release. During a hearing in April, two people offered conflicting testimony about Smith's whereabouts Feb. 27, when he allegedly was seen riding a bike on Shady Lane, just outside South Greensburg in Hempfield.

Bilik-DeFazio gave Smith a warning about riding his bicycle and allowed him to remain free.

Now, she will be asked again to decide Assistant District Attorney Anthony Iannamorelli's motion for revocation.

South Greensburg Officer John Swartz said he saw Smith riding a bicycle on South Main Street in Southwest Greensburg about 1 p.m. Sunday and on the Five Star Trail, according to the motion.

Smith has contended that he has followed standard rules of the road regarding bicycle traffic and that motorists and police are in error in interpreting his behavior on roadways.

He is charged in a separate case with taking a rock into a district judge's office, threatening the staff and displaying several knives in April 2015 before riding off on his bicycle.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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