J.R. Smith Arrested in South Beach for Invalid Driver's License

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 25, 2012

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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was arrested on Thursday night in Miami Beach, Fla. for not possessing a valid driver’s license.

According to an Associated Press report (via ESPN), Smith was stopped for undisclosed reasons around 8:30 p.m. ET, and a routine search led to the discovery of an outstanding bench warrant. He was then arrested and taken to Miami-Dade County jail.

He was released on bond early Friday morning with no attorney listed in the records at the jail. 

The 26-year-old player has been a part of numerous incidents behind the wheel over the course of his career.

Smith was involved in an accident back in February of 2007, when he was operating a car belonging to teammate Carmelo Anthony, who was a passenger at the time of the crash.

He was also the driver in an accident that claimed another man’s life in June 2007. Smith allegedly went through a stop sign, and his SUV collided with another car before flipping over. The New Jersey native was tossed from the vehicle and 21-year-old passenger Andre Bell, who was not wearing a seat belt, died from head injuries suffered during the accident.

Before serving 24 days in jail in late June of 2009, after pleading guilty to reckless driving, Smith had reportedly garnered two more speeding tickets and had his license suspended three times in the state of New Jersey.

It is currently unknown how this latest arrest will affect the Knickerbocker's NBA career. It is worth noting that Smith was suspended for the first seven games of the 2009 season due to a prior reckless driving charge.

Keep it tuned to Bleacher Report throughout the day for the latest news, updates and analysis on J.R. Smith’s arrest in South Beach.