49ers Aldon Smith Arrested in San Jose on Suspicion of DUI, Marijuana

Sep 20, 2013 5:39 PM

By Lisa Fernandez, Marianne Favro and Lori Preuitt
| Friday, Sep 20, 2013 NBC Bay Area

San Jose police arrested 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith on suspicion of crashing his black pickup truck into a tree early Friday morning as he was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. Jail officials also said that he was booked in connection with possessing an unknown amount of marijuana.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area first reported the news.

Police Sgt. Heather Randol told NBC Bay Area that the 23-year-old Smith was "over the limit," but she did not specify by how much. She also said Smith, who was in the pickup by himself, was not injured and was "cooperative."

In fact, Smith was on the field at the 49ers' practice facility in Santa Clara Friday afternoon, Maiocco reported.

"I expect Aldon to be back at work and play on Sunday,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said at the team’s previously scheduled press conference Friday afternoon.

A neighbor called police to report the accident about 7 a.m. in the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, where homes are in the $1-million-or-more range. Randol said she didn't know where Smith was heading from or going to. NBC Bay Area learned that fellow 49er Ray McDonald, 29, lives on the same street, a half a block away. No one was home at McDonald's home early Friday afternoon.

Another neighbor, who lives across the street from the accident, told NBC Bay Area she saw him yank up a black hoodie over his head as about ten police cars flooded the scene to take him into custody.

Skid marks from the crash left black streaks on a neighbor's driveway and sidewalk, and a tree by the curb was chipped by the impact of the crash.


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