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NFL star Aldon Smith arrested under suspicion of California DUI

Dale Gribow Aug. 13, 2015

Star athletes are getting in trouble with the law more and more frequently in recent months. The San Francisco 49ers recently released Aldon Smith after his latest run in with the law. The star defensive end was arrested in California earlier this month on charges of driving under the influence, vandalism and hit-and-run.

Smith allegedly was arrested after he damaged a parked car while parking his own vehicle. He allegedly caused additional damage with his door while exiting the car. According to an SCPD press release, Smith reportedly left the area without reporting the accident or leaving his identifying information. When he returned to the parking area, he was contacted by officers. The officers determined that he was displaying symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. Smith was then required to submit to a field sobriety test administered by officers on the scene.

Smith was booked into a nearby jail and bail was set at $26,000. Smith left jail a day later. Upon his release, he stated that there was no DUI and that justice will be served.

Smith has been in trouble with the law before. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 and September 2013. He also served a nine-game suspension in 2014 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

Being charged with a DUI does not necessarily mean that you will be found guilty. Officers on the scene can make a lot of mistakes when it comes to administering Breathalyzers and field sobriety tests. These mistakes can lead to dropped or reduced charges.