Chris Simms Marijuana Trial Set For May

By Ben Fractenberg on March 1, 2011 3:04pm 

Chris Simms will go to trial on May 2nd to face charges he drove while under the influence of marijuana.
Chris Simms will go to trial on May 2nd to face charges he drove while under the influence of marijuana.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms' trial for allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana will start May 2.

Simms, 30, son of legendary New York Giants quarter back Phil Simms, will face trial after turning down a plea deal that would have included five days of community service.

"Mr. Simms is going to fight for his innocence, his civil liberties and his good name," said his lawyer K. E. Richman at a Tuesday court appearance.

Simms was pulled over on June 30, 2010 on Houston Street around 1 a.m. while his pregnant wife was in the passenger seat.

His car allegedly reeked of marijuana and he had bloodshot eyes, police said.

NYPD officer Francisco Acosta, who questioned Simms after the stop, said Simms looked "like a zombie," according to his testimony at a pre-trial hearing.

Simms then allegedly admitted to police that he had smoked marijuana.

Prosecutors said Simms told police, "I took four puffs," and that they wouldn't find additional marijuana in the car. "I smoked everything," he allegedly said.

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