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Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI Friday morning

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Friday morning at 7 a.m. for suspicion of DUI. He was reported as the driver of the vehicle in a single-car accident, with no injuries reported, according to

Smith failed a breath-alcohol test on the scene and was booked into Santa Clara County jail. The 49ers did not immediately comment on the incident.

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Smith, one of the NFL's best pass rushers, has been embroiled in a slew of odd off-field incidents in recent years. He previously was arrested on DUI charges in 2012 in Miami Beach following his rookie NFL season, and was the passenger in a car that was in a serious accident as the driver aimed to avoid hitting a deer.

Smith also has been named in a lawsuit (along with former teammate Delanie Walker) that accused them of firing weapons at a house party, which resulted in Ronndale Esporlas, who filed the suit, getting shot. Smith also reportedly was stabbed at the same party, attempting to break up a fight, or multiple fights.

This is sobering news for the 49ers and Smith. His on-field performance — with another two sacks in Week 2 — suggests he could be among the highest-paid defenders in the NFL and a building block on the team for many years to come. But his off-field behavior has to seriously concern the 49ers' brass right now.

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