>> Thursday, July 9, 2009
On Thursday, July 9th, a Virginia Beach General District Court judge convicted former NFL star and all time sacks leader, Bruce Smith, of a DUI. Smith's argument - the old football injury story. Smith and his attorney, Larry Cardon, argued that old knee and leg injuries are the reasons he failed the field sobriety tests and not alcohol. After declining to submit to a breathalyzer, Smith thought he could fool us all by taking the field sobriety test and argue old football injuries are the only reason for his failure.
Smith's attorney argued before the court that knee surgeries prevented him from walking in a straight line. However, Smith could not follow basic hand movements and basic instructions, such as walk 9 steps. Smith in turn walked 14 steps before being told to stop. I guess old football injuries made it hard to follow common sense instructions as well. In addition, during the sobriety test, Smith stated to the arresting officer several times that he was a former athlete hoping the officer would let him go.
It is difficult to argue that alcohol was not a factor in his erratic driving, especially after you admit to the arresting officer that you and two friends actually consumed alcohol.
Smith and his attorney have appealed the ruling to the Virginia Beach Circuit Court, which set a date for August 27. It will be interesting to see how the old football injuries story turns out ...