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Aldon Smith arrested for DUI, hit and run and vandalism

Aldon Smith

Accompanied by his attorney Joshua Bentley, left, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith leaves an arraignment at Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday, Nov, 12, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Smith faces three felony counts of illegal possession of an automatic weapon stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)


News broke that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested on Friday morning, but there weren’t any details about what led him to Santa Clara County Jail.

The Santa Clara Police Department has now offered up those details. They announced via Twitter that Smith was arrested for hit and run, DUI and vandalism on Thursday night. No further information about the incident that led to the arrest was released, but a press release is expected later this morning.

Smith’s no stranger to DUI as he’s been arrested on those charges twice before. He went to rehab after his second arrest in September 2013, which led to a stay in rehab and five missed games during the 2013 season. If he’s guilty of these charges and isn’t in prison, more help should be the least of the stipulations mandated as a way to protect the rest of the population.

He missed nine more games while serving a suspension for those arrests and other off-field trouble last season. Should these charges stick, Smith will be looking at another suspension and there’s a good chance it will also mark the end of his time with the 49ers.