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September 20, 2013
Police: Aldon Smith arrested for DUI in San Jose

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Aldon Smith was involved in a single-car accident this morning in San Jose and has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, authorities said. Smith was not injured in the crash. He was arrested at 7:02 a.m., taken to Santa Clara County's main jail and has since been released. His bail was set at $5,250.

Smith was on hand for Friday's practice, which began at 12:40 p.m.

Sgt. Heather Randol of the San Jose Police Department said dispatchers received a 911 call this morning from a resident who reported an accident. When officers arrived, they found Smith in a dark-colored pickup truck, which had struck a tree. They determined he was under the influence, arrested him and he was booked into the county jail.

Smith, the 49ers All-Pro outside linebacker, also was arrested for DUI in January 2012, was stabbed at a raucous party at his house in June 2012 and was involved in a rollover accident near his home in September 2012. According to the CHP, Smith was the passenger in that incident.

This is the fifth DUI-related incident by the 49ers in the last three years. Defensive end Ray McDonald was cited for DUI in 2010. Two others, defensive end Demarcus Dobbs and offensive lineman Al Netter, were arrested for DUI last year. Another player, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, was involved in an ugly incident in June in which he struck a teammate in the head three times with a beer bottle, according to police reports. The local district attorney investigated the case for a month but ultimately did not file charges.

Dobbs' incident also involved marijuana possession after he, like Smith, was in a single-vehicle accident. Dobbs did not travel with the team to St. Louis the following Sunday. He also served a one-game suspension in Week 1 this year stemming from his incident.

The 49ers released a statement at 10:30 a.m.: "The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith. As we continue to gather information regarding the situation, we will have no further comment."

Smith's 2012 DUI arrest was reduced to reckless driving because he agreed to enroll in a DUI school, participate in 60 hours of community service, complete of a session of the victim impact panel, interlock his vehicle for three months and pay $500 to a victim services/DUI enforcement fund.

Because this is Smith's second arrest, he is subject to a suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy. Smith, who set a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks last season, will turn 24 on Wednesday.

Smith also is facing civil and possible criminal charges in relation to his 2012 house party, which left two attendees with gunshot wounds. The Santa Clara County District Attorney is considering charging him with possessing three illegal assault rifles that Smith purchased in Arizona but did not modify when he brought them to California.

One of the two men who were shot, Ronndale Esporlas, is suing Smith, claiming he and former teammate Delanie Walker, who is now with the Tennessee Titans, illegally fired weapons in an attempt to disperse the crowd at the party at Smith's isolated rental home in the foothills east of San Jose.

In the lawsuit, Esporlas says he was struck when a group of people near the street began firing toward Smith's residence. Ballistics tests indicate that neither Esporlas nor the other shooting victim were shot by Walker or Smith.

After the stabbing incident at his home, Smith said he needed to make better decisions.

"I just feel after the incidents that happened and the expectations that were set for me, I feel like I let the fans - and everybody that looked at me like that - down," Smith said at the time. " ... It's helped my focus out. I'm really focused more than ever, not to say that I wasn't in the beginning. But I'm focused more than ever and I'm ready to go."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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