Former MU star Smith arrested

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:33 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

DAYTON, Ohio — Former Missouri Tiger and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken driving after he failed a breath test, the Montgomery County sheriff’s department said.

Smith, 25, was stopped because the truck he was driving was weaving. He told police he had five beers, the arrest report said, and he swayed while trying to walk during a field sobriety test.

He had a blood alcohol level of 0.152, the report said, nearly double the state’s legal limit.

Smith told authorities at the county jail that he was unemployed, Maj. Ed Copher said.

Smith, who faces a maximum six months in jail and $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor, was released on bond. Typically, first-time offenders are put on probation and ordered to attend an alcohol education course.

He was scheduled for arraignment next Tuesday in Kettering Municipal Court.

Smith, was the Bengals’ first-round pick — the fourth overall — in the 2001 draft. He set a team rookie record for sacks with 8.5 that year, but his total has declined in the last two years.

Smith is tied for second on the team with 20 total tackles.

Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday for the Bengals and for Smith’s agent, Jim Steiner.

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