By ALAN HARRISON-JONES and DAVID BALDWIN-KING SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A former Trump administration official who was involved in the administration’s controversial travel ban was arrested on Friday, a day after a crash killed a man and injured five others in California, authorities said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency arrested Gregory W. Smith, 61, in San Francisco, after a car crashed into a wall at the San Francisco International Airport on Friday.
Smith was charged with vehicular homicide, causing death by reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.
The driver of the vehicle that crashed into the wall was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office said.
The crash, which occurred about 2:40 a.m. in the area of the San Pablo Avenue and International Boulevard intersection, was reported to the sheriff’s office at about 2 a.ms.
Smith is the third person to be arrested in connection with the crash, and a fourth person, a 23-year-old man, was treated and released, said Jessica Sanchez, a spokesman for the sheriff.
The agency said Smith’s wife, Karen, was also arrested at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
“We don’t have any further information at this time,” Sanchez said.
Smith is not the first person arrested in California after a Trump administration crackdown on travel has been blamed for a spate of fatal crashes.
On Monday, a 22-year old man died in a crash near Los Angeles, a sheriff’s spokesman said, adding that the man was the second driver to be detained for violating the travel ban.
The other two drivers, a 37-year and a 39-year, were released from jail after posting bond.
Smith, who is married to San Francisco resident Karen Smith, is an attorney who worked for the White House for eight years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He also served as chief counsel to the President’s Council on Women and Girls.
He is married with two children.
Smith was arrested in September after a video emerged showing him and a woman arguing in the parking lot of a restaurant, arguing that she had been banned from entering the country because of her race.
The video was later posted on social media and showed Smith and the woman arguing about what they thought was an immigration law violation.
In a tweet, White House spokesman Kevin Lewis said: “We are aware of this arrest, and are in contact with Gregory Smith’s family.”
(Reporting by Alison Hudson; Editing by Andrew Hay)