Bruce Smith found guilty of DUI

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by By 13News

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Posted on July 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:31 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith was found guilty of DUI and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Then, Traffic Court judge Teresa McCrimmon suspended all of that sentence.

The judge also found him guilty of refusing to take a breathalyzer test and speeding.

Video: Bruce Smith guilty of DUI

His attorney says Smith will appeal the verdict.

Smith's driver's license was suspended for one year, he was ordered to take an alcohol awareness class and pay a fine.

Smith left out a side entrance, avoiding media waiting for him at the front of the courthouse.

He did not respond to questions as he got into a car and drove away.

Smith was pulled over for speeding on I-264 near Independence Blvd. in mid-May. He was charged with DUI, refusing a breathalyzer test and speeding.

During the approximately one-hour bench trial, prosecutors played the video of the arrest that night.

Va. Beach Master Police Officer Bryan Womble is heard on the tape saying, "I know who you are. I know what you did in your career. I know your history and I know your medical condition."

Smith repeatedly says he'd have trouble with a test because of his many knee problems. He stated, "I don' t have any cartilage in my kees, none whatsoever."

The judge said there was evidence of impairment. That he was asked to take 9 steps, but he took 14 instead.

Smith also is heard saying he had 1-1/2 bottles of wine among three friends at two downtown Norfolk restaurants earlier that evening.

Officer Womble was charged himself with DUI a month later. He was placed on administrative duty until the investigation into his case is complete.

Officer Womble was in plains clothes at the hearing and his DUI arrest was not brought up in Thursday's case.

There also was no mention of Smith's two previous DUi cases since they ended in dismissal and acquittal.

The judge said there was evidence of impairment. That he was asked to take 9 steps, but he took 14 instead.

Smith was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame this year.

He graduated from Virginia Tech and went to high school at Norfolk's Booker T. Washington.

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