On Friday (Sep. 11) Aldon Smith, the former San Francisco 49ers linebacker
was charged with three misdemeanor counts of
driving under the influence in connection to a hit-and-run incident that occurred in Santa Clara in August.
According to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office, Smith
is facing one count each of DUI with a prior conviction, vandalism, and
hit and run. The football player is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6.
Smith’s charges came on the same day that the Oakland Raiders announced
that they had signed him. After Smith’s Aug. 6 arrest, he became
a free agent when the 49ers released him.
In the Oakland Raiders’ announcement on Friday, General Manager Reggie
McKenzie said they are confident that the Raiders will provide an environment
where Aldon can thrive.
Smith was drinking when he parked his SUV, said Santa Clara Police Lt.
Kurt Clarke. When Smith exited the vehicle, his door swung open and struck
another car, causing about $500 in damage, said Clarke. Smith later left
The police were called to the neighborhood shortly before 9:00 p.m., and
Smith returned around the same time as the deputies. The officers believed
that Smith had been drinking and gave him a
sobriety test, said Clarke. Smith was arrested after failing the test.
Smith Says ‘No’ to Chemical Test
According to the district attorney’s office, Smith refused to submit
to a chemical test.
The following day, Smith was released from custody. Standing outside the
jail, he denied being under the influence and apologized for the incident.
Smith told KTVU, a Bay Area TV station that he wanted everybody to understand
that it wasn’t a DUI, that the situation could have been handled
differently. He apologized to everyone he let down and for how it all
Later that day, the 49ers released Smith.
In a statement, the 49ers said that the organization tried very hard to
help Aldon fight his issues. They said that though he is no longer a member
of their team, they will continue supporting him.
Since 2012, Smith has had several run-ins with the law starting with a
DUI arrest in Miami Beach, which he accepted a deal for a lesser charge.
In September 2013, he was arrested again for DUI, but that time it was
in San Jose.
In that case, his
blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was twice the legal limit when he crashed into a tree. In 2014,
he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of DUI for the San Jose
incident and to three felony weapons charges stemming from a party arrest
that took place at his home.
Last season, Smith was suspended for nine games due to his violation of
the league’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.
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