Disappointing news today, as former Husky nose tackle, and current Pittsburgh Steeler, Alameda Ta’amu was arrested in Pittsburgh at around 2:20 AM on charges of felony fleeing police, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by a vehicle, and misdemeanor accident causing damage, resisting arrest, escape, and DUI charges.
May 4, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers fourth round draft pick defensive tackle Alameda Ta
Apparently, the 6’3″ 348 pound Ta’amu was caught driving his SUV the wrong way down a Pittsburgh highway, at which point he led officers on a chase, crashed into several parked cars, injuring a woman in the process, before fleeing on foot and resisting the officers before he was eventually restrained, with force, and arrested.
At the time of his arrest Ta’amu had a blood alcohol content of .196, obviously far, far past the legal limit. The nose tackle had a solid career at Washington before being drafted in the fourth round last year. He has not played yet this season, but was viewed at the time of his drafting as a possible successor as Pittsburgh’s 3-4 nose tackle. While I’m no expert on criminal sentencing, it seems clear that these charges go far beyond a normal DUI, and could come with real jail time. If that is the case, I would be shocked not to see some sort of discipline from the NFL or from the Steelers.
More on this story as it develops.