KKCI Former Hawkeye player Tyler Sash was charged after a short chase on a scooter Saturday. Oskaloosa police said the incident started about 1:27 a.m. Sash, 25, took off on a scooter and was followed by police. At one point, Sash ditched the scooter and ran away on foot. He was found hiding behind a tree in a backyard before running away again. He refused repeated orders to stop, police said. At 1:56 a.m., Sash was shot with a Taser by officers and taken into custody after resisting getting handcuffs on. Police said he had a strong smell of alcohol, watery and bloodshot eyes. He refused a field sobriety test, but admitted to having six drinks in one hour, police said. Sash was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. His initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. A legal expert tells KCCI that the county attorney has up to 45 days to decide whether to add more chases to the case. Sash’s attorney told KCCI that he will plead not guilty to the charges. Sash was a member of the Hawkeye football team from 2008-2010. Sash then played for the New York Giants from 2011-2013. Sash was cut from the Giants on Aug. 31, 2013.
As a die hard New York Giants fan, I had high hopes for Tyler Sash after they drafted him in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Iowa, but several injuries plagued his NFL career and he never really got the chance to prove what he could do on the field. This arrest is not a good look for Tyler Sash though, but I do give him some credit, at least he was just drunkenly operating a scooter and not a motor vehicle. I have a feeling that Sash had a little more than his admitted six drinks before this incident, because you need a lot more than six drinks in your system to think that you can escape police on a scooter, or hide from them behind a tree. Not listening to orders and trying to hide from police will get you hit with the taser every time, which is exactly what happened to Tyler Sash, so next time just listen to the cops. It will save you from appearing in embarrassing stories in blogs like SportSmasher.com.