(Algerina Perna, The Baltimore…)
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been assigned an Oct. 7 court date at Towson District Court for his misdemeanor disorderly conduct case, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Shawn Vinson.
Smith was charged with failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order of a law enforcement officer on July 12 when he was arrested by police and given a citation following an incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson.
According to Maryland criminal law code Section 10-201 governing disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, which includes willfully failing to obey a reasonable and lawful order from a law enforcement officer, those convicted of violating this law are subject to a maximum punishment of 60 days in jail or a fine not exceeding $500, or both penalties.
Punishment can also include lesser sentences, including less jail time, probation or fines. Typically, a misdemeanor conviction of disorderly conduct doesn’t entail jail time depending upon the circumstances of the case and the judge’s discretion.
Officers responded to a call from the general manager of the restaurant and bar that said there was an unconcious woman in the bathroom. Police said they saw Smith in the bathroom with an intoxicated woman, who he assisted as she vomited while leaning over a sink.
Smith told police that the woman had done a photo shoot with him earlier in the day. Officers found a small bag of white powder inside the woman's purse, according to the police report.
The woman in question, Jennifer Lee Koontz, 29, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after tests from the Baltimore County Police Department Crime Lab revealed that the white poweder was cocaine.
She has been issued a summons and assigned a Dec. 1 trial date. Baltimore County police said that court records indicate she hasn’t been served with the summons yet.
When medics arrived at The Green Turtle in July, officers said they repeatedly asked Smith to step aside and he refused to do so and became argumentative. Smith was told to leave so medical personnel could do the job and he replied: "I am helping her," according to the police report.
According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being ushered out to the hallway. Smith allegedly cursed at the arresting officer and asked him "What the [expletive] are you gonna do?"
When told again to leave, Smith replied: [Expletive] you. What the [expletive] are you gonna do?"
Smith was then placed in handcuffs. While at the Towson precinct, according to the police report, Smith told the officer: "The only reason you arrested me is so you could get on the news."
Smith was released after being issued a citation.
Regarded as one of the top young cornerbacks in the NFL, Smith was cited for third-degree assault and underage drinking violations while a student at Colorado. The 2011 first-round draft pick's fifth-year option for $6.98 million was picked up this offseason.
Smith addressed the legal matter briefly during training camp.
"The incident that occurred is still a legal matter so I’m not able to discuss that right now,” Smith said. “I’ll gladly talk about football. But when it’s handled, I will talk about it and give you my side of the story.”