San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested for DUI: police

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 07, 2015 2:05 PM

(Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been arrested in Northern California for driving under the influence, hit-and-run and vandalism in the former Pro Bowl player's latest run-in with authorities, police said on Friday.

The Santa Clara Police Department said on Twitter that Smith, 25, was arrested on Thursday night in the town south of San Francisco. The statement said details would be provided later on Friday.

Smith, who is in training camp preparing for the 49ers' upcoming season, was suspended for nine games last year because of another driving-under-the-influence case.

After his release form jail on Friday morning, he denied he was driving under the influence Thursday night, according to video from local television stations.

"This wasn't a DUI. The situation that happened could have been handled differently," Smith said. "I apologize to everybody I did let down and I apologize for how it all played out. As far as everything is concerned, it will work out how it's supposed to work out."

Smith was released on bail of $26,000, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Representatives from the San Francisco 49ers and the National Football League could not immediately be reached for comment.

Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in April 2014 during an incident that police said stemmed from a false bomb threat he made to security screeners. Prosecutors declined to file charges in that case.

In 2013, he was charged with possessing illegal assault weapons and driving under the influence and later pleaded no contest to the charges, resulting in a three-year probation sentence and a nine-game suspension at the start of last season, according to the Mercury News.

Smith was selected for the Pro Bowl team in 2012.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Bill Trott)