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February 23, 2013
49ers' Netter arrested for DUI in San Jose


Reserve offensive lineman Al Netter was arrested in San Jose early Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence, the fourth member of the 49ers to be charged with DUI in the last 2 1/2 years.

Netter lives in Rohnert Park, and news of his arrest first was reported by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The 49ers, through a spokesman, issued this statement: "The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Al Netter. We take these issues very seriously, but will reserve comment at this time as this is an ongoing legal matter. The organization will continue to gather the facts and monitor the developments closely."

Netter was stopped at 3 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Montague Expressway and First Street after an officer witnessed slight weaving and a mechanical issue with his car, according to the California Highway Patrol. Netter, 23, did not have any prior arrests and was released later Wednesday, the CHP said.

Netter went undrafted out of Northwestern last year and spent the season on the 49ers practice. He was one of several practice-squad players who turned down offers to join the 53-man rosters of other teams to remain with San Francisco. Netter re-signed with the 49ers earlier this year.

Defensive end Ray McDonald was cited for DUI in 2010. Two more defenders, defensive end Demarcus Dobbs and outside linebacker Aldon Smith, were arrested for DUI last year.

-- 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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