On the morning of June 18, it was decided that the trial of 46-year-old former NFL star Bruce Smith, who was arrested in Virginia Beach for DUI in May, would be postponed until July 9.
On May 15, Smith was pulled over on Interstate 264. He was charged by a Virginia Beach police officer with DUI and refusal to submit to a DUI test.
The charge is the third within the past 12 years for Smith. The first charge was dismissed and he was acquitted on the second.
Court records say that Smith, who is a native of Virginia Beach, was also charged with driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Smith was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January and is set to be inducted in August.
Smith, a graduate of Virginia Tech, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was the first player selected in the 1985 NFL draft.
Smith was a Pro Bowl defensive end who spent 15 seasons as a Buffalo Bill and four as a Washington Redskin. He helped lead the Bills to four consecutive AFC titles and is the all-time NFL sack leader. He retired in 2003.
City leaders said that plans to honor Smith’s Hall of Fame induction were placed on hold because of the pending charges.