Simms Not Guilty DWI
Chris Simms a professional football player and the son a famed New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, was found not guilty Wednesday by a jury in New York County of driving while intoxicated DWI / DUI on marijuana.
Mr. Simms, was arrested on July 1 at a police sobriety checkpoint in the West Village.
A police officer testified at the trial in Manhattan Criminal Court that the 30-year-old Mr. Simms was driving a Mercedes Benz which reeked of burnt marijuana. The officer said Mr. Simms was “like a zombie,” slurred his words and admitted he had smoked pot.
However, Mr. Simms’s friend Charles Granatell, who works in marketing for a cosmetics-ingredient company, testified that he was the one smoking marijuana in his friend’s car that morning.
Mr. Simms passed a breathalyzer test that night but refused to take a urine test that could have been used to determine if he had smoked pot, officials said.
During his closing arguments, defense attorney Harvey Steinberg told the jurors that the officer apparently misunderstood Mr. Simms.
After both sides rested on Wednesday, the jury was out only about an hour before returning with the not-guilty verdict. Mr. Simms, a backup quarterback on the Tennessee Titans, had potentially faced up to a year in jail for the misdemeanor charge.
Neither Mr. Simms nor his lawyer could be reached for comment on Wednesday.
But as he left the courthouse with his wife, Danielle, Mr. Simms told the Associated Press, “I’m really just happy it’s all over with…I love the NYPD, and I’m mad this happened.”
Officials at the NFL couldn’t be reached to comment on whether Mr. Simms may still face any disciplinary action from the league.
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.