By Garth O'Brien | January 15, 2010
Filed Under Athlete DUI
Virginia Beach, Virginia – Bruce Smith, 46, a former NFL player has finally concluded a very long DUI criminal case. The Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins defensive end was convicted for DUI on July 9, 2009, but delayed the sentencing hearing of his criminal case by appealing a ruling. His appeal had no merit and he was sentenced on January 14, 2010.
Smith got into trouble by drinking and driving. In fact, the night he was arrested he was stopped for speeding in his Bentley. Smith was clocked at 73 m.p.h. Smith admitted to consuming intoxicants, failed a battery of field sobriety tests and then refused to provide a breath sample to measure his breath alcohol content.
Smith is VERY lucky and probably has not learned one thing from this incident. This was Smith’s third arrest for DUI. His first DUI was dismissed in 1997, and then Smith was acquitted of his second DUI arrest in 2003. Clearly, Bruce Smith does not care at all about his community as he continues to get arrested for drunk driving.
Smith will serve zero days of a 90 day suspended jail term and only pay $440.00 in fines for recent DUI conviction. Smith better praise each attorney that has represented him since 1997. About 99% of people that incur three DUI arrests do not escape punishment as easily as Smith has.