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Carjacker was convicted sex offender

4-10-15 Indiana:

The suspect in Thursday’s high-speed pursuit, identified as Don O’Neal Smith, 29, of Elkhart, had prior convictions, according to court records. One of those convictions was rape.

Smith led law enforcement in two states on a high-speed pursuit beginning in Watseka, Ill. Thursday afternoon.

Though the pursuit garnered the attention of multiple media outlets, it was not Smith’s first brush with law enforcement.

In 2003, Smith, 17 at the time, was charged with rape and robbery, class c, in St. Joseph County Superior Court. Smith was convicted of the rape charge in 2005 and was later placed on the state sex offender registry. He was slated as being on lifetime registration.

It is unclear whether or not Smith was convicted of the 2003 robbery charge.

Smith also had a plethora of driving infractions, ranging from driving while suspended to speeding, with his most recent citation occurring in February 2015 with three charges: Driving while suspended prior, no financial responsibility and driving procedure for making turn at intersection, according to Elkhart City Court.

Smith was fatally shot at the end of Thursday's pursuit by law enforcement officials who said they were returning fire. ..Source.. by DANIEL THOMPSON

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