Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor Charged In Separate Incidents
Smith Accused Of DUI, Pot Possession
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jimmy Smith, one of the best known Jacksonville Jaguars players despite his retirement from the game more than two years ago, was arrested late Friday night accused of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
A few hours later outside a Miami Beach nightclub, running back Fred Taylor was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Taylor was released on his own recognizance and agreed to appear in court at a future date, according to Miami Beach Police Department spokesman Juan Sanchez.
Smith, 39, was waved over at a sobriety check point on McCormick Road, according to the police report. Officers reported he initially failed to stop when officers waved him over, but did so when he was commanded to stop.
One officer said he "smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and could see the smoke." The officer also reported seeing an half-full 16-ounce can of Heineken in the car. They said Smith "passed the beer" to them as he got out.
Asked if he had been drinking, Smith is attributed as saying that he'd had one beer. The officer said when asked if he had been smoking marijuana, Smith said, "I just finished it."
According to the report, Smith refused to perform a Breathalizer test, but did perform a field-sobriety test. Officers said Smith failed the test and was booked into jail.
Both charges are misdemeanors. Jail records show Smith posted $503 bond and left jail Saturday morning.
Smith was also charged with DUI in 2001. Those charged were later dropped.
Smith finished his career with 862 catches -- 7th in NFL history. He had seven straight 1,000 yard seasons, ranking him third behind Jerry Rice and Tim Brown.
Smith scored 67 career touchdown catches and is the team's all-time leading receiver. He was voted to the Pro Bowl five straight times.
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