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Defensive end faces six months, $1,000 fine

KETTERING, Ohio -- Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith pleaded not guilty to a driving under the influence charge.

Smith was arrested last week. His attorney entered a written
plea Tuesday in Kettering Municipal Court.

Smith, 25, was stopped by a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy
who saw his truck weaving in a Dayton suburb. He told the deputy he
had five beers, and he swayed while walking during a sobriety test,
according to the arrest report.

A breath test found he had a blood alcohol level of 0.152, the
report said, nearly double the state's legal limit of 0.08.

Smith faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge.

Smith was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft. He set a
team rookie record for sacks with 8½ that year, but his total has
declined the past two years.