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Seahawks QB Geno Smith was driving 96 mph before arrest on suspicion of DUI, State Patrol says

Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith was traveling 96 mph on Interstate 90 shortly before being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday morning, according to a report from the Washington State Patrol.

The report states Smith also grew increasingly agitated as it became apparent he would be arrested and refused a blood alcohol breath test before a warrant for a blood test was submitted and eventually granted with Smith having to be placed under restraints for the blood to be drawn.

Smith was then booked and released Monday morning.

Smith acknowledged the arrest on Twitter Monday night stating “Being arrested brings a taint onto the reputation that is impossible to undo, no matter what really happened. I’m asking all of you to hold back on judging me the same as you would do for a friend or family member. I’ll have more to say down the road.”

Smith was driving a 2017 two-door Rolls-Royce at approximately 2 a.m. on eastbound I-90 near Mercer Way when an officer observed Smith “approaching me from the rear at a high rate of speed” assessed to be 96 mph in a 60-mph zone with the report stating “the vehicle passed me at a high rate of speed.”

Smith was also observed taking an exit toward Interstate 405 and making several lane changes without signaling. After an officer flashed his lights at Smith, he pulled over at the Newcastle exit, over a mile and approximately a minute and a half after the lights had been activated.

Smith admitted to having had some wine but said he had stopped drinking an hour and a half before driving.

Smith was reported to become argumentative while asked to do a “walk-and-turn” test and stated he would not do any more.

The report states that based on Smith’s speed, lane travel, failure to recognize the emergency lights and the officer’s own observations that Smith was then placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

The report states Smith became further agitated as he was taken to the Bellevue District Office of the state patrol after being handcuffed to be processed for DUI.

He was then transported to Overlake Medical Center for a blood test.

At one point, Smith told officers to “don’t (expletive) touch me” with George Englebright, the director of team security for the Seahawks, arriving to try to help calm down Smith.

Smith is reported to at one point clenching a fist and giving an officer “a death stare.”

The report states that after “exhausting efforts to de-escalate Smith” he was eventually placed under restraints on his arms and legs so that the blood test could be conducted.

Smith was then booked. He was released at 9:10 a.m. Monday.

Smith has been the backup to Russell Wilson for the last three seasons and started three games this year while Wilson recovered from surgery on his right middle finger.

Smith, 31, is now a free agent and his status with the team unclear. The Seahawks stated Monday they were aware of the situation, and coach Pete Carroll said Monday afternoon that Smith had attended team meetings as the team cleared out its lockers and headed into the offseason.

Seattle also has former UW and Lake Stevens standout Jacob Eason under contract at quarterback.



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