Update 2:00 p.m.: The Santa Clara Police Department says former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith crashed into a parked vehicle while attempting to park himself, then caused further damage with his car door as he exited his vehicle, according to a statement the department released Friday afternoon.
Police were dispatched to the scene of the collision at 8:46 p.m., but Smith had left the scene.
The SFGate reports these details of the arrest from Santa Clara police spokesman Lt. Kurt Clarke:
Smith was parking his GMC truck when he backed into the other car, Clarke said. As he was exiting his truck, his door slammed the already damaged car, leading to the vandalism charge, Clarke said. After exchanging heated words with the car owner, Smith walked away from the scene, Clarke said.
Smith was not at the scene when officers arrived, but walked back roughly 90 minutes later and was identified as the individual responsible for the damage, Clarke said. Smith also exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol, he said.
Clarke said Smith lives in the apartment complex where the incident occurred.
The 49ers had 12 arrests or charges filed involving seven players since January 2012, prompting owner Jed York to promise the team would "win with class." The Niners released defensive tackle Ray McDonald late last season for his off-field problems.
"If one person out there reads this and you're struggling, get help," an emotional head coach Jim Tomsula said Friday as he announced the team's release of Smith. "Go get it. You're worth it. There's value in every human being. Get the help. You don't have to walk alone. Find it, it's there."