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January 28, 2012
Aldon Smith arrested on DUI charges in Miami


Aldon Smith, the 49ers' first-round draft pick and a candidate for defensive rookie of the year, was arrested on charges on driving under the influence in Miami Beach early Saturday morning. According to a Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitations spokeswoman, Smith was arrested at 4:33 a.m. and was booked into the county jail at 9:18 a.m. He posted a $1,000 cash bond and was released at 12:42 p.m.

A Miami Beach police spokesman was not able to provide any information about the arrest.

Smith, 22, led all rookies during the regular season with 14 sacks, and he added two more in the playoffs. He set a rookie franchise record for sacks in a season and came within a half sack of Jevon Kearse's NFL record for rookies that was set in 1999.

The No. 7 overall pick in the draft twice was the league's defensive rookie of the month this past season, and he is a candidate for defensive rookie of the year, an award that will be announced next week. Smith is from Missouri and played at the University of Missouri.

The 49ers issued a statement Saturday afternoon: "The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Aldon Smith. We take these issues very seriously but will reserve further comment at this time, as this is an ongoing legal matter.The 49ers will continue to gather the facts and monitor the developments closely."

Another 49ers defender, defensive end Ray McDonald, was arrested for DUI last year after being clocked at 94 mph on Interstate 280. In 2005 coach Jim Harbaugh was arrested on DUI charges in Encinitas, Ca. while the head coach at the University of San Diego. He later pled guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving, was given three years probation and fined $1,300.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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