A Jefferson County man whose car was stopped for speeding Thursday afternoon will have to post a $10,000 bond to be released from the county detention center and could face a prison sentence for driving while intoxicated.

A Jefferson County man whose car was stopped for speeding Thursday afternoon will have to post a $10,000 bond to be released from the county detention center and could face a prison sentence for driving while intoxicated.

Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis set the bond Friday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jerry Smith, 34, with fourth offense DWI, a felony.

Sheriff’s Deputy Tommy Holcomb Jr. testified that he was on patrol on U.S. 79 South Thursday at about 5 p.m. when he stopped a vehicle driven by Smith that was traveling 69 miles-per-hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

Holcomb said when he approached the vehicle, he noticed a small child in a car seat in the back of the vehicle, and said Smith’s eyes were “bloodshot and watery,” and Smith had a “strong odor of intoxicants on his person.”

When Smith stepped out of the vehicle, he reportedly told Holcomb that he had “poor circulation and a heart condition,” and Holcomb testified that he did not perform the standard field sobriety tests because of that.

Holcomb said when Smith was taken to the detention center, he was administered a breath alcohol test with the result being a .279. In Arkansas, a reading above .08 is considered legally intoxicated.

Asked by Dennis what happened to the child, Holcomb said “her mother picked her up.”

Holcomb said a records check of Smith showed that he had three prior convictions for DWI, and his driver’s license had been suspended for that reason.

In addition to the felony allegation, Smith was also cited for endangering the welfare of a minor, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and speeding.

Smith said he would try to hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court on June 15.