Last year, Steelers rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu was involved in a DUI incident that extended far beyond the run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest.
A fourth-round pick in 2012, Ta’amu allegedly evaded the police, crashing his vehicle into other cars after nearly running over an officer whose gun was drawn. He was charged with felony counts of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk, and three counts of aggravated assault, along with 10 misdemeanors including resisting arrest, attempting escape, drunk driving, and failure to obey traffic laws.
Ta’amu allegedly ran past two other officers who also had their guns drawn.
In other words, Ta’amu is lucky he’s alive. He’s also lucky he’s not going to prison.
According to the Associated Press, Ta’amu has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and drunk driving. For his sentence, he’ll spend four days in a “DUI hotel” and serve 18 months probation.
“I know what I’ve done is wrong,” Ta’amu said. “I’d do anything to make it right. What I did affected my whole family. I’ve got to keep learning from my mistakes. So far, I think I’ve done a good job of staying away [from alcohol].”
The Steelers suspended Ta’amu for two games after the arrest, which arguably prevents the NFL from imposing another suspension. He later was cut but then re-signed to the practice squad. Ta’amu currently is a member of the team’s offseason roster.