Former NFL player Tyler Sash tased after scooter chase

(Associated Press)

It’s safe to say Tyler Sash is beloved in Oskaloosa, Iowa, a small city of about 12,000 people 60 miles southeast of Des Moines. Sash, who played at Oskaloosa High and the University of Iowa before going on to an NFL career with the New York Giants, received the key to the city in 2012.

“I enjoy giving back to the community,” he said during the ceremony, according to an Oskaloosa Herald report from the time. “Thanks for the key. … I’ll try to give back to the community as much as I can.”

Someone even made this in celebration of his accomplishments.

Fast forward two years, and the city might be changing its locks. Take it away, KCCI TV in Des Moines.

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.

The chase began when police spotted Sash riding the scooter the wrong way down a major road. They charged him with public intoxication — he refused a breathalyzer but admitted to having six drinks in an hour — and interference with official acts, according to the New York Post.

The Giants drafted Sash in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft, but he was suspended for four games in 2012 by the NFL after violating the league’s ban on performance-enhancing substances (Sash claimed Adderall) and was cut by the Giants before last season.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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