Former gym owner and congressional candidate Ian Smith has had drunk driving charges dropped but must install a breath ignition interlock device on his vehicle for nine months.

Smith was charged in the early hours of March 27 after driving on Route 130 in Cinnaminson. Officers said he failed a roadside sobriety test in the parking lot of a diner and was taken into custody when he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Smith proclaimed his innocence and challenged police to release body cam footage of the test, which police later did. 

Smith was charged with reckless driving, careless driving and refusing to consent to a breathalyzer test.

Smith was charged in 2007 with causing the death of Atlantic County College student Kevin Ade and was sentenced in 2008 to five years and six months in prison.

Ian Smith Atilis Gym video fines
(Ian Smith via Instagram)

Charges dropped

Smith's attorney Christopher St. John told that Smith pleaded guilty to refusing the breathalyzer test and the DUI charge was dismissed. The breath detector device will remain in place for nine months, St. John told

St. John on Friday afternoon did not respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for more information.

Ian Smith Announces Campaign for Congress
(Courtesy Ian Smith for Congress)

Smith says police had no case

On his Facebook page, Smith continued to proclaim his innocence about the drunk driving charges.

"The charge was dropped because there was no case. I accepted a guilty plea for refusal to submit to a breathalyzer, of which I am fully guilty. I do not trust the government, would happily do it again, and would never give them any opportunity to paint me in a false light," Smith wrote.

Smith wrote that he does not resent the Cinnaminson officers involved in the stop but disagreed with their assessment of the situation. He also attacked the media for its coverage of the traffic stop.

"To the dogs**t journalists who wanted SO badly for this story to be true that they were giddy at the possibility that they’d actually destroy what I’ve accomplished, I take great joy in knowing I have disappointed you," Smith wrote.

Rise to prominence during pandemic

Smith gained attention for opening his Bellmawr gym in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy's executive orders closing indoor gyms during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. His Atilis Gym racked up thousands of dollars in fines and the loss of the business's mercantile license. His business partner eventually had Smith part ways with the gym, according to published reports.

Smith also ran in the Republican 3rd Congressional District primary but lost to Bob Healey, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Andy Kim in November.

Smith has since left the Republican Party, joined the Libertarian party and sold his interest in the gym, a moment he called both exciting and bittersweet.

"I put my heart and soul into that gym and am beyond proud of what was accomplished by all of us collectively in resisting the COVID-19 lockdowns. Ultimately, I chose to move on for reasons that are personal and will remain private. Things do not always work out perfectly, but that’s no reason to dwell or be upset," Smith said on his Facebook page. "Working on some fun, exciting projects and I cannot wait to share more."

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at

Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.

RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds

Does your loyal pup's breed make the list? Read on to see if you'll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog's intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don't worry: Even if your dog's breed doesn't land on the list, that doesn't mean he's not a good boy--some traits simply can't be measured.

LOOK: Baby names that are illegal around the world

Stacker scoured hundreds of baby name databases and news releases to curate a list of baby names that are illegal somewhere in the world, along with explanations for why they’re banned.

Here's where NJ legal weed is sold

The number of recreational cannabis dispensaries continues to grow, with close to two dozen state approvals given since the first adult recreational sales in the state back in April. Here is where the open sites are located.

More From 105.7 The Hawk