A former county official was involved in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon on West Broad Street and while not injured he has been charged with driving under the influence.
64 year old Willy Mike Clayborn of Blue Springs Road, Smithville is under a $1,500 bond and will make a General Sessions Court appearance on December 22.
According to Smithville Police, Clayborn was driving east on Broad Street in a black truck and was attempting to turn into the entrance of Patty’s Restaurant when he missed the turn and went off an embankment.
The report, filed by Sergeant Travis Bryant, states that “on Tuesday, December 6 at approximately 2:44 p.m. I was dispatched to West Broad Street in the area of 710 West Broad Street in reference to an accident that had occurred. Upon arrival I made contact with a black truck off in a ditch. I made contact with the driver and identified him as Willy M. Clayborn. As he stepped out of the vehicle I noticed he was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. As I was talking with him, he stated that he had drank 6-8 beers earlier in the day and then left his residence and was attempting to drive to Patty’s Restaurant when he wrecked. He was arrested and transported to the emergency room where he did submit to a blood test".
Clayborn served as county clerk from 2002 until 2014.