Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot was sentenced to six months probation this week in D.C. Superior Court after pleading guilty to driving under the influence following his December arrest in the District.
According to court records, Smoot pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence in connection with the Dec. 30 arrest. Judge Juliet McKenna sentenced him to 30 days in jail but suspended the jail time and placed him on probation. She also ordered Smoot to attend a traffic and alcohol safety program and perform 40 hours of community service. Court records say his probation can be transferred to Rosewell, Ga., where he lives.
Smoot, 33, was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. on the morning of the incident after he was observed by police driving a white Audi A7 that did not have a license plate. He was driving east in the 100 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE.
When an officer pulled him over, Smoot allegedly told the officer that 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 then consented to a sobriety test and failed. He was arrested and taken to a nearby precinct.
Smoot had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Brian K. McDaniel, said prosecutors dropped a second charge of operating while impaired in exchange for Smoot’s guilty plea.
“Mr. Smoot has accepted responsibility and is looking forward to putting this behind him and moving on with his life and continuing to be a productive member of the community,” McDaniel said.
Smoot, the officer wrote in his report, was “angry” and told the officer that he had just argued with his girlfriend at a club. Last fall, months before his arrest, Smoot and his wife of slightly more than three years, Summer Joy Hughes-Smoot, 35, filed divorce papers in Fulton County, Ga.
Smoot 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.