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Steelers T Brooks arrested for traffic violations

Steelers tackle Barrett Brooks was arrested after police said he fled from them on motorcycle. The 34-year-old offensive lineman was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and other traffic violations.

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 6, 2006) -- Steelers tackle Barrett Brooks was arrested after police said he fled from them on motorcycle.

The 34-year-old offensive lineman was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and other traffic violations. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail, police Sgt. Dennis Washington said.

Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said he was aware of the arrest but did not have any further information.

The arrest occurred shortly before 2:30 a.m. on the city's South Side when Brooks allegedly drove recklessly around a police car, prompting officers to try to pull him over, Washington said. Brooks did not stop and officers gave chase for about five minutes, he said. Brooks rode through a red light and a stop sign, Washington said.

When Brooks dropped his motorcycle at an intersection, he tried to get back on his bike and drive away when officers made the arrest, Washington said.

Police said Brooks was not legally intoxicated and was not wearing a helmet.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his jaw, nose and orbital bones in a June 12 motorcycle crash in which he was not wearing a helmet. He apparently has recovered.

Brooks spent the last two seasons with the Steelers after originally signing with the team in October 2003. He played for Philadelphia from 1995-98 and for Detroit in 1999-00. He also played two games for Green Bay in 2002.

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