Former NFL star Bruce Smith, a Norfolk native, has been arrested in Virginia Beach on charges of driving under the influence.

According to city police spokesman Jimmy Barnes, police stopped the 45-year-old football star at about 1:42 a.m. on Friday, May 15 on Interstate 264. He said that Smith had been charged with speeding, DUI, and refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was released on bond a few hours later.

After playing in college at Virginia Tech, Smith played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins and is the league’s all-time leader in sacks. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year and is to be inducted in August.

Smith has two prior DUI arrests on his record, but the first, in 1997, was dismissed and he was acquitted on the second charge in 2003.

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