Melissa Grace of the New York Daily News reports the quarterback Chris Simms of the Titans was acquitted Wednesday of driving stoned through lower Manhattan.
The 30 year old Simms was busted last July 1 at a checkpoint on W. Houston St. after a police officer smelled marijuana wafting from the athlete’s vehicle.
But Simms was cleared of the charges after a friend testified that he was the only one smoking pot that night. Prosecutors said the story told by Simms’ pal Charlie Granatell was “not worthy of belief.”
The Manhattan jury apparently disagreed. Arresting Officer Francisco Acosta testified that his tongue became numb from the marijuana odor coming out of Simms’ SUV.
Simms admitted toking “four puffs” after swerving toward the 1 a.m. checkpoint and slamming on the brakes, Acosta testified.