Backup defensive end Demarcus Dobbs was arrested this morning after he was involved in a solo car crash in Santa Clara. The California Highway Patrol said DUI was suspected and that Dobbs, who turned 25 today, was arrested for marijuana possession. CSN Bay Area first reported Dobbs' arrest.
Highway Patrol Officer D.J. Sarabia said the incident occurred at 3:45 a.m. on southbound San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara, the city in which the 49ers have their practice facility and are building their new stadium. Sarabia said Dobbs was driving a 2011 Cadillac. He was not injured in the accident and no one else was in the car. Sarabia said Dobbs agreed to a chemical test, the results of which have not yet been completed.
The 49ers have declared him out for Sunday's game against the Rams and Dobbs will not make the trip to St. Louis. "The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Demarcus Dobbs," read a statement from the team. "We are gathering the relevant facts as it pertains to this situation. We have been in contact with both Demarcus and the League office. He will not be making the trip to St. Louis, and we will reserve further comment at this time."
Dobbs, who made the squad in 2011 after going undrafted out of Georgia, plays both defensive end and tight end and is a core member of the 49ers' special teams. He tops the statistical chart maintained by special teams coordinator Brad Seely.
Dobbs is the second member of the 49ers defense to be arrested this year. NFL sack leader Aldon Smith was arrested for DUI in Miami in January. He qualified for a program to reduce the charge to reckless driving. Smith also was stabbed at a house party in June and was involved in a rollover car accident in September.
- Matt Barrows