Vanderbilt assistant football coach charged with DUI - WSMV News 4


Vanderbilt assistant football coach charged with DUI

Posted: Updated: Feb 18, 2014 01:14 PM
Vavae Tata (Photo from Metro PD) Vavae Tata (Photo from Metro PD)

Vanderbilt's assistant football coach was charged with DUI after an incident Sunday.

According to an affidavit, Vavae Tata is accused of hitting two parked cars on West End Avenue and then leading officers on a foot chase.

Police say Tata was found several blocks away from the scene of the crash.

According to the affidavit, Tata admitted to driving the vehicle that crashed and said he had been trying to make it to the Holiday Inn where he was staying.

Police asked him to do a field sobriety test, and officers say he appeared to have a hard time keeping his balance.

The affidavit says Tata agreed to taking a breathalyzer test and that his blood alcohol level was found to be at 0.18 percent.

Tata is facing charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Vanderbilt athletic department said Tata has been suspended indefinitely: 

"Based upon information received Tuesday, Vanderbilt assistant coach Vavae Tata has been suspended indefinitely by Head Football Coach Derek Mason stemming from an incident that occurred Feb. 16 in Nashville.  Vanderbilt University will continue its investigation into the matter."

He was released on bond and is set to face a judge on March 5.

Tata followed Vanderbilt's new head football coach Derek Mason from Stanford University. He was a defensive assistant at Stanford the past two seasons while Mason was defensive coordinator.

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