Chris Simms acquitted on marijuana charge
New York, New York, it’s a hellavu town…
Tennessee Titans QB Chris Simms won a full acquittal in his DWI driving case in which it was alleged Simms was driving around Manhattan while under the influence of marijuana.
The New York Post reports that a four-man, two-woman jury — all of whom had never heard of Simms before, with the exception of one male juror — found him not guilty after only an hour of deliberations.
“I’m very happy and relieved and really just happy it is all over with,” Simms said after court. Simms’ mugshot below was taken shortly after the incident.
“I love the NYPD. I’m mad that this happened, but I love New York City.”
Facing a potential year in jail, Simms maintained his innocence throughout, claiming he had never smoked pot.
Simms was stopped last July with his then-eight-months-pregnant wife in the passenger seat, as well as two friends, one of whom testified Tuesday to being the one who had smoked.
“I told him I’m 30 years old, and I already have a four-year-old at home,” Simms said of his conversation with the cop.
Jurors apparently did not believe Acosta, who had testified on the first day of the trial, Monday, that Simms acted “like a zombie” that night, and reeked of pot.
“I was smoking marijuana in the car earlier — I took four puffs,” Acosta testified that Simms had helpfully told him.
Prosecutor Alexandra Glazer told the jury that it was Simms odor and behavior that led to the assumption he was stoned.
“He was driving so dangerously and so erratically… almost hitting Officer Acosta” as he swung his car onto West Houston from Washington Street and stopped at the checkpoint, suddenly “slamming on the brakes,” Glazer said.
“His eyes were red. They were watery. His face was flushed, his speech was slurred… He was moving in slow motion, like a zombie. He was dazed. He was unsteady on his feet– he was having trouble balancing,” she told jurors.