Aldon Smith, an All-Pro linebacker who plays for the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Friday morning.

Smith’s car struck a tree at about 7 a.m. on Friday. When police arrived at the scene, he submitted to a breathalyzer test and blew a .15 – nearly twice the California legal limit of .08. Pills were also discovered in Smith’s possession and he was charged with possession of marijuana, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

"At some point, they did a breath sample and it was over the limit," San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol confirmed, via "He was not injured, and it does not appear as if anybody else was in the vehicle with him. And there were no other involved vehicles or reported injuries."

Smith was released later on Friday on $5,250 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 4. The All-Pro linebacker reported to practice that afternoon in Santa Clara. His coach, Jim Harbaugh, told reporters following practice that Smith will play in the 49ers game on Sunday.


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"I expect Aldon — like today — he'll be back to work and playing on Sunday," Harbaugh said, according to ESPN. "I anticipate that, yes," he continued, adding, "There will be consequences. There always is. Good or bad, we all have consequences."

Smith’s DUI on Friday was not his first. In January 2012, Smith was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Miami Beach. A more troubling legal problem for Smith and the 49ers is a lawsuit filed against him by a Northern California man. The unnamed individual claims that he was shot while attending a party at the NFL player’s house – and names Smith and current Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker as the shooters.

On the football field, Smith has proved himself worth his first round draft pick out of Missouri. In his rookie season, he accumulated an impressive 14 sacks. In his sophomore season last year, he earned the 49ers MVP award after tallying up 19. 5 sacks – a single-season record for the San Francisco squad. He was named to his first Pro Bowl and was considered All-Pro in the 2012 season. In just 34 career games, Smith has made 37 sacks.

– Chelsea Regan

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