Defensive end faces six months, $1,000 fine

Updated: October 12, 2004, 10:54 AM ET
Associated Press

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

Justin Smith
Defensive End
Cincinnati Bengals
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
20 16 4 0 1 0

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.


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