Former Redskin Fred Smoot Arrested for DUI

Capitol Police stopped Smoot near Union Station on December 30.

By: Luke Mullins

Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot was arrested on December 30 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug and operating while impaired, according to documents filed with DC Superior Court.

Smoot pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Brian K. McDaniel, did not return phone calls requesting comment.

A Metropolitan Police officer arrested Smoot—who played seven seasons at corner back for the Redskins between 2001 and 2009—at around 3:30 AM on December 30 near the 100 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northeast, US Capitol Police officer Seth Carll said in an affidavit.

The officer pulled Smoot over after he saw Smoot driving an Audi A7 with no tags, Carll said in the affidavit. According to Carll, Smoot did not have his registration tags inside the car and said his temporary tags had gotten snow on them and were wet.

During the traffic stop, the officer smelled “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from [Smoot’s] breath and person,” Carll said in the affidavit. “[Smoot’s] eyes were red and watery.”

Smoot also appeared angry, Carll said in the affidavit. When asked why, Smoot said “he got into it with his girl at the club,” according to the affidavit.

Smoot told the Capitol Police officer that he’d had one drink, according to the affidavit, and agreed to a field sobriety test. During a series of tests, Smoot demonstrated “many clues of impairment,” including swaying noticeably, Carll said in the affidavit.

Smoot was subsequently arrested and taken to the Capitol Police headquarters at 119 D Street, Northeast, for processing, where he twice refused to take a breathalyzer test.

“During processing, in the service area, while handcuffed, the [defendant] peed his pants creating a puddle on the floor,” Carll said in the affidavit. “[A police officer] witnessed the urine running down his pant leg and onto the floor. [Smoot] did not express that he had to use the restroom.”

He was cited and released by the Capitol Police. The DC attorney general formally charged Smoot with driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug and operating while impaired on January 10. Smoot pleaded not guilty on January 17. He was released on his own recognizance.

The court ordered Smoot not to drive in DC without a valid permit or after consuming alcohol.

A status hearing on the case is scheduled February 19.

Update January 25, 5 PM: Smoot's lawyer contacted The Washingtonian with a statement. Read the full story.