DUI Trial For Steelers NT Alameda Ta\’amu Begins Thursday

According to the Associated Press, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu is set today for a trial before a judge on charges stemming from an alleged drunken-driving rampage last October.

The Steelers released Ta\’amu, their fourth-round draft pick last April out of Washington, a few weeks after he was arrested for hitting several parked cars, then running away from law enforcement officers who responded to the incident on Pittsburgh\’s South Side.

Ta\’amu will face felony charges of aggravated assault by vehicle and fleeing and eluding police, as well as misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, escape and drunken driving on Thursday.

Ta\’amu apologized after his short court appearance back in November, saying, \’\’If there was any other word I would say it, but \’sorry\’ is the only word I can say right now.\’\’

The Steelers immediately suspended Ta\’amu for two weeks without pay following the incident. After releasing him, however, Ta\’amu was signed to their practice squad and was finally elevated back to the 53 man roster during the final week of the regular season.