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San Francisco 49ers player Aldon Smith arrested for DUI


On early Friday morning, an All-Pro linebacker who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, Aldon Smith, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Around 7 a.m. on Friday, Smith’s vehicle hit a tree. When the police reached the crash scene, he was asked to give a sample for BAC level testing and the test showed his BAC level at 0.15 percent, almost double the legal driving limit. According to the San Jose Mercury News, pills were also found in Smith’s vehicle and he was charged with possession of marijuana.

San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol told through CSNBayArea.com, “At some point, they did a breath sample and it was over the limit. He was not injured, and it does not appear as if anybody else was in the vehicle with him. And there were no other involved vehicles or reported injuries”.

Smith was released later on Friday on $5,250 bail and he is summoned to court on 4th of November. According to a report, Smith was practicing that afternoon in Santa Clara and Jim Harbaugh, his coach, told reporters after the practice that Smith will play in the 49ers game on Sunday. Harbaugh said, “I expect Aldon — like today – he’ll be back to work and playing on Sunday. I anticipate that, yes. There will be consequences. There always is. Good or bad, we all have consequences.”

The DUI arrest of Smith on Friday was not his first DUI offense. He was taken into custody in Miami Beach on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2012, January. Another legal problem for Smith is a lawsuit filed against him by a Northern California man. The unnamed person claims that he was shot while attending a party at the NFL player’s house; he names Smith and current Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker as the shooters.

Smith has proved himself in the football field in his first round draft pick out of Missouri. He was named to his first Pro Bowl and was considered All-Pro in the 2012 season. He made fourteen sacks in his rookie season. Last year in his sophomore season he earned the 49ers MVP award after tallying up 19.5. Smith has made 37 sacks, in just 34 career games. He was able to play despite the arrest and made 5 tackles in a 27-7 defeat, 2 days after he was taken into custody and jailed following the crash.

News Source: www.UInterview.com

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Aaron Bortel is a Lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a Criminal Defense attorney for over 25 years whose practice is dedicated exclusively to DUI law. He has offices in Marin County and San Francisco and defends his clients in all Bay Area Courts and at DMV.