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Originally published October 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM | Page modified October 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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Former Husky Alameda Ta'amu arrested on charges of fleeing police, DUI in Pittsburgh

Authorities say former Washington Husky Alameda Ta'amu, Pittsburgh rookie defensive lineman, fled police and crashed into parked cars while...

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PITTSBURGH — Authorities say former Washington Husky Alameda Ta'amu, Pittsburgh 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 Ta'amu, 22, a former Rainier Beach High star, was driving a Lincoln Navigator 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. He had a blood-alcohol level of .196 percent, twice the legal limit, police said.

According to court documents, Ta'amu is facing felony counts of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk and three counts of aggravated assault for nearly running down three police officers. He also was charged with 10 misdemeanors.

"We will gather more facts before providing any further comment," Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said.

According to the criminal complaint, an off-duty detective called police to say the SUV was swerving across double yellow lines and passing several vehicles at a time, running red lights and speeding in an area that had many pedestrians.

The SUV crashed into a parked vehicle, injuring the driver. After crashing into other cars, the vehicle was disabled, and Ta'amu then fled on foot, taking off his shirt in what authorities say was an attempt to evade the pursuing officers.

Finally, the officers caught up to him in a parking lot and ordered him to the ground, but he resisted being handcuffed and appeared to be reaching toward his waistband, which the officers feared was an attempt to draw a weapon, so one officer punched him twice, police said.

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