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Steeler Hopeful Ta’amu Enters Guilty Pleas In October DUI Charges

April 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu entered guilty pleas Thursday in Allegheny County Court to three charges of reckless endangerment, and counts of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in the early morning chase in which he involved Pittsburgh police last October.

He was then sentenced to 18 months probation, four days in a sequestered DUI housing program, and 150 hours of community service.

In the plea process, several counts of aggravated assault against Ta’amu were withdrawn.

The charges stemmed from an incident at about 2:30 AM on October 14 in which Ta’amu was accused of driving drunk, fleeing police, and striking several parked cars and injuring a woman who was inside one of the vehicles.

Ta’amu’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.196.  The level that can result in a DUI prosecution in Pennsylvania is 0.08 or higher.

Ta’amu had been arrested on a DUI charge in the state of Washington in 2009 while attending the University of Washington, but entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of negligent driving.

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