Former NFL player Onterrio Smith in Truckee jail |

Former NFL player Onterrio Smith in Truckee jail

Greyson Howard and Dave Moller
Tribune News Service

Onterrio Smith as he appeared upon his booking at 12:26 a.m. Thursday.

Former NFL halfback and Grant High School football star Onterrio Smith was booked into the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office’s jail in Truckee overnight on a drug charge warrant.

At about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Truckee police pulled over a Pontiac GT for speeding westbound on Interstate 80 near central Truckee, and arrested the driver, John Payne-Johnson Sr., for suspicion of driving under the influence, said Truckee Police Capt. Randy Fenn.

During the routine check, the officer found Smith had an outstanding warrant out of Sacramento, and arrested him as well, Fenn said.

“He’ll sit in jail until Sacramento comes to pick him up,” said Fenn Thursday morning. “Other than the fact that he’s a former NFL star, it’s pretty unremarkable.”

The sheriff’s office jail report indicates Smith was booked in at 12:26 a.m., with a bail of $15,000.

Smith, 28, was a nationally-recruited star during his high school days in Sacramento and played at the University of Tennessee and the University of Oregon before joining the Minnesota Vikings.

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He played for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In May of 2005 he was suspended for that season after he was caught at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport carrying a device used to beat drug tests – commonly referred to as a Whizzinator – according to numerous national news articles.

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