The trial of former Ada firefighter Jason Smeltz is scheduled for Feb. 18 in Pontotoc County District Court.

Smeltz was charged with a felony in June 2013 (use of computer to put another in fear of physical harm or death).

A guilty verdict can bring a sentence of not more than 10 years in prison and a fine of not less that $5,000, nor more than $100,000, according to the District Attorney's office.

Smeltz was arrested twice in connection with statements he made concerning an incident that resulted in the arrest of his wife.

Ada police said Smeltz made threatening statements toward officer Brad Rhoads and the Ada Police Department.

The problem began on the night of April 25 when Rhoads stopped two women, including Smeltz' wife, Laura Elizabeth Smeltz.

When Smeltz heard over a police radio that his wife had been detained, he allegedly went to the location and police say he began interfering with the officer. 

Rhoads wrote in his report that he asked Jason Smeltz to get back into his vehicle   more than 20 times.

Laura Elizabeth Smeltz was arrested and charged with public intoxication, along with another passenger in the vehicle. Jason Smeltz has denied those charges ever since. Her blood level was below the legally intoxicated limit of 0.08 percent but officers say public intoxication arrests don't have to meet that limit for an officer to issue a PIO.

The D.A.'s office said events of that night were recorded on police video and would be admitted in court. 

Smeltz could not be reached by The Ada News for comment.

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