Former Husky Ta'amu accused of DUI, assault in chase

Former Husky Ta'amu accused of DUI, assault in chase

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 04: Fourth round draft pick Alameda Ta'amu #95 of the Pittsburgh Steelers works out during their rookie minicamp at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility on May 4, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 7:27 AM

PITTSBURGH  -- Authorities say a Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive lineman fled police and crashed into parked cars while driving drunk, then was arrested.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that authorities allege that 22-year-old Alameda Ta'amu of Kent, Wash., was driving a sport utility vehicle the wrong way on Pittsburgh's South Side at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say the 6-foot-3, 348-pound Ta'amu fled officers and crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman, then tried to flee on foot before he was restrained.

Charges against him include felony fleeing police, aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says team officials are "disappointed" but will await more information before commenting further.

Ta'amu was drafted in the fourth round out of Washington. He has yet to play this season.

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