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Monday, August 24, 2009

RB Eric Smith surrenders to police

AUBURN, Ala. — Backup Tigers running back Eric Smith turned himself in to the Auburn Police Department at a little after 1:30 p.m. Monday on a third-degree assault charge, police Capt. Tom Stofer said.

Smith, 19, had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from an altercation early Friday morning in the parking lot of an area hotel.

After turning himself in, Smith was transported to the Lee County Detention Center, where he was booked for third-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor in Alabama. He was released on $500 bond, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said

Smith was originally arrested for disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor, at 1:42 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Lexington Hotel. He was released on bond, but assault charges were filed later that day by a 22-year-old male Auburn student who was injured at the hotel and transported to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment to a laceration over his left eye.

Reports in the Birmingham News and Opelika-Auburn News, citing the second page of the original police report, said officers responded to the scene after receiving a call about a fight. While there, they witnessed Smith strike the alleged victim, Decari Jenkins, in the back of the head, causing him to fall forward and hit the asphalt. He was knocked unconscious.

Smith alleges in the report that Jenkins punched him in the nose earlier that night. The officers noted that Smith appeared to have blood coming from his nose at the time of the incident.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Auburn Municipal Court on Nov. 5, assistant police chief Tommy Dawson said. Punishment for a Class A misdemeanor, according to Alabama law, is not to exceed a $6,000 fine and one year in jail.

Smith, a sophomore from Seffner, Fla., has not practiced since the incident. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has refused to comment on his status with the team.


War Eagle AC-47 said...

Police witnessed Smith strike the guy in the back of the head. It will be hard to win this one with police as witnesses.

The only "mitigating" circumstance is that Smith was retaliating after having been struck first. But too much time had elapsed between the first punch and the second punch.

First offense, a fine, suspended sentence. Coach will have to make the tough call.

AUBigCat said...

From what I have heard about the other players that were kicked off the team, they had a history of making trouble (albeit minor). Eric appears to be a first time offender as far as Auburn football is concerned. I hope CGC shows mercy and lets him earn his way back into his good graces.

Anonymous said...

It's never good when a story includes the phrase "surrendered to police."

LeakBrewerGator said...

That's truly a tough break for a good kid. I knew Eric when he was down in Tampa. A class act. I hope he learns from this.