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49ers OLB Smith arrested for DUI, hit-and-run

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San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested by Santa Clara, Calif., police on Thursday night on suspicion of hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism.

The Santa Clara Police Department said the 25-year-old was booked on Friday with a bail of $26,000.

Smith served a nine-game suspension last season for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy and substances of abuse. In 2013 he was suspended five games following a DUI arrest and voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility.

Smith received a 12-day sentence and three years of probation in July following a no-contest plea to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor DUI charges. The weapons charges and one of the DUI charges were in connection to a 2012 party at Smith’s residence where he was stabbed.

Smith has 44 sacks in the 50 games he has played since the 49ers selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He recorded 14 sacks in his rookie season and 19.5 sacks in his second year. In 2014, he had just 15 tackles and two sacks in seven games.

General manager Trent Baalke recently said the 49ers had plans to keep Smith after restructuring his $9.75 million contract this season.

“Aldon’s like any young player, he’s growing up, he’s maturing. You see that with a lot of these guys,” Baalke said. “Some of them get themselves in a few more situations that you wish they didn’t. If you asked them, I think they’d say the same thing. Really pleased with the way he’s handled things, the way he’s working both personally and professionally.”


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