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By Jennifer Bails
Monday, Aug. 7, 2006

Steelers offensive lineman Barrett Brooks was jailed early Sunday after a motorcycle chase with police through the South Side.

The arrest occurred about 2:30 a.m. after Brooks, 34, illegally passed a moving police car on the right side while driving his Yamaha motorcycle in the 1700 block of East Carson Street, Pittsburgh police Sgt. Dennis Washington said.

The police officer then activated his car's lights and siren and chased Brooks for several blocks, Washington said.

The Steelers reserve lineman ran a couple of stop signs before losing control of his bike while trying to make a turn at 12th and Muriel streets, Washington said.

"He got up and attempted to get back on the bike and ride away, but the officer physically tackled him back down off the bike," Washington said. "I think (Brooks) was just worried about losing his job."

Brooks is listed by the Steelers at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, although he came to training camp last week with a scale tucked under his arm, claiming to have lost 30 pounds.

Officer Juan Terry, who tackled Brooks, is about 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Washington said.

"He's probably one of the biggest officers we have that works at the station," Washington said.

Police said Brooks did not appear to be injured. He was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and stop sign violations. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail.

Teammates Joey Porter and Deshea Townsend were at the scene of Brooks' arrest, Washington said.

Brooks was not intoxicated and was not wearing a helmet, police said.

Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said he was aware of Brooks' arrest, but had no further comment.

Brooks, a second-round draft pick out of Kansas State who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-1998, spent the last three seasons with the Steelers. He also played for the Detroit Lions in 1999-2000 and spent the 2001 training camp with the Cleveland Browns before being released.

Brooks, who is married with five children, played on special teams in all 16 regular-season games and all four playoff games during the Steelers' 2005-06 championship season. He also saw action as a reserve offensive tackle and left guard.

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