49ers cut Aldon Smith after his third DUI arrest since 2012

From NFL.com:

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith ran into trouble again.

Smith was arrested by Santa Clara police on Thursday night for a hit and run, DUI and vandalism,the department tweeted on Friday. Online records show the 25-year-old was booked on Friday with a bail of $26,000. Smith was bailed out Friday morning, according to KTVU.

The Niners released Smith Friday.

“This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue,” the team said in a statement.

On Friday, a Santa Clara Police Department spokesperson described the incident, which occurred around 8:50 PT Thursday night.

“As (Smith) was backing his vehicle to park his vehicle he hit another vehicle that was adjacent to his vehicle,” the spokesperson said. Smith then left the scene, but returned on foot and submitted to field sobriety testing. The SCPD spokesperson described Smith as “cooperative” with the officers but would not disclose his Blood Alcohol Content, saying that information was part of a continuing investigation. In addition to the DUI and hit and run charges, Smith faces a charge of vandalism for opening his car door and damaging an adjacent vehicle.

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

The latest arrest, his third for DUI, is the most recent in a long list of off-field transgressions for Smith. He 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 also made waves last year when he was accused of making a bomb threat to a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport, but charges weren’t filed.

Upon being released from jail Friday, Smith claimed he didn’t get a DUI.

“I want everybody to understand this wasn’t a DUI. The situation that happened could have been handled differently,” he told KTVU. “I apologize to everybody I did let down and I apologize for how it all played out.”

Thursday’s arrest ended his career in San Francisco.

Read the whole story here at:  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000507534/article/aldon-smith-arrested-for-hit-and-run-dui-vandalism

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