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Former Redskin Fred Smoot charged with driving under the influence

Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug in the District in early January, according to online court records and his attorney.

Smoot’s attorney, Brian K. McDaniel, did not provide an account in a brief interview Thursday, though he confirmed that the incident in which Smoot was charged took place shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 30.

Online court records say Smoot was charged on Jan. 10 and pleaded not guilty at a hearing a week later.

“We are in the intial stages of the process,” McDaniel said. “Mr. Smoot is looking forward to having his side of the story told during this process.”

Smoot, 33, played seven seasons with the Redskins — the first four between 2001 and 2004 and the last three ending in 2009. He also played two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 and 2006.

According to charging documents filed in D.C. Superior Court, Smoot, of Roswell, Ga. was observed by police driving a white Audi A7 that did not have a license plate. Smoot was driving east in the 100 block of Massachusetts Ave NE.

When an officer pulled him over, Smoot allegedly told the officer his temporary tag for the car had gotten snow on it and was wet, so he had removed it.

During the conversation, the officer, according to charging documents, smelled a “strong odor” of alcohol. The officer added that Smoot’s eyes were red and watery.

Smoot, the officer wrote in his report, was “angry,” and told the officer that he had just argued with his girlfriend at a club.

Smoot then consented to a sobriety test and failed. He was arrested and taken to a nearby precinct.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 19. The Washingtonian first reported the charge.


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