On Friday, September 20, 2013, 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested on suspicision of driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges were subsequently filed for the DUI, as well as felony firearms possession. Earlier this week, NBC Bay Area reported Aldon Smith may have received preferential treatment from Santa Clara County Sheriff on the night he was arrested for the DUI.
The San Jose Police Department were dispatched after a 911 call from a resident who reported an accident. A neighbor who witnessed the accident said Smith's foot was still on the accelerator of his SUV, which was against a tree. Apparently, the tires were smoking when the police arrived, which led them to believe Smith was seriously impaired. His breath test registered at .151, twice the legal limit.
More details have emerged concerning the DUI arrest. Apparently, Smith was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail at 9:40 a.m. and was released from jail at 11:20 a.m. An anonymous jail deputy said the quick release of Aldon Smith did not follow typical procedures. Apparently, the protocol is to hold individuals arrested for suspicion of DUI for a minimum of five hours and a maximum of eight hours. He spent about an hour and 40 minutes in the jail.
The police protocols is not the only thing raising questions. According to the report, on June 15 of this year, Aldon Smith and other 49er players were invited to a fundraiser at the sheriff's shooting range. In an effort to raise money for the non-profit Sheriff's Advisory Board, the players were invited to shoot the police department's high powered weapons.
Why would Aldon Smith be invited to this event if he was under investigation for felony weapons charges? It does not make sense. Not only did the Santa Clara District Attorney wait 15 months to press felony weapons charges against Smith, it appears the Sheriff never considered Smith a suspect -- not even 2-days before the charges were filed. It was fishy before, but these new details show these are circus charges by the District Attorney.
I believe Aldon Smith needs a wake up call. But, this so-called investigation is not going to be it. These facts only tear down the integrity of the investigation, and it certainly does not inspire confidence in the Santa Clara Sheriff or District Attorney. None of this looks good.
I encourage everyone to watch the entire investigative report by Tony Kovaleski and David Paredes here: