49ers release linebacker Aldon Smith after his arrest in Santa Clara

Charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence, vandalism

The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Aldon Smith after his latest arrest on suspicion of DUI in Santa Clara on Thursday, team officials announced 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," team officials said in a statement.

Smith, 25, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism, police Lt. Kurt Clarke said.

Around 8:45 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call for service surrounding a crash in the 500 block of Moreland Way, Clarke said.

Arriving officers learned a hit-and-run crash and vandalism incident occurred at a parking garage to a large complex, Clarke said.

Smith was attempting to park his vehicle, described as either a large SUV or truck, and allegedly crashed into an adjacent parked car that was unoccupied, according to Clarke.

Smith exited his vehicle and his door struck the parked car, which sustained significant damage, Clarke said.

Smith, who lives in the area, had initially fled the collision but walked back to the scene where he was cooperative with officers, police said.

The officers had a "reasonable suspicion" that Smith was under the influence of alcohol and administered two sobriety tests that "he didn't complete satisfactorily," Clarke said.

Smith was arrested and taken to Santa Clara Police Department where he was processed, then booked into Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, Clarke said.

He was booked on $26,000 bail. Smith posted bail and was released from county jail around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff's office.

If the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office files charges against Smith, he will be set for arraignment on Oct. 6, Clarke said.

Thursday's arrest is Smith's latest run-in with law enforcement after facing several other criminal charges in the past three years, including three illegal gun charges and two DUI charges in 2014.

"Although he won't play with the 49ers he will be supported and helped and won't have to walk this path alone," 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula said on Smith's departure from the team during a news conference Friday morning.

"He's in the process of turning his life around, but people stumble, Tomsula said.

When asked if he sees Smith playing football again, Tomsula said, "I sure hope so. I think he can. I want him to."

— Bay City News Service

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