Vanderbilt assistant football coach suspended after DUI arrest

Vanderbilt assistant football coach suspended after DUI arrest

Posted: Updated: Feb 18, 2014 03:32 PM
(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department) (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
(Courtesy: VUCommodores.com) (Courtesy: VUCommodores.com)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Newly-hired Vanderbilt assistant football coach Vavae Tata is suspended indefinitely after he was arrested over the weekend in Nashville for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to affidavits, Tata, 37, struck two vehicles parked on West End Avenue during the early morning hours Sunday and then fled the scene on foot.

Responding officers located Tata a few blocks away. He admitted to being the driver of the vehicle that crashed.

He was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol.  He also failed field sobriety tests, according to the reports.

Tata agreed to a breathalyzer. He blew a .18 percent, more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent in Tennessee.

Tata told police he was trying to drive to the Holiday Inn where he was staying.

Tata previously coached at Stanford and was recently hired as the Commodores defensive line coach under Head Coach Derek Mason.

Tata and Mason were associates at Stanford during the 2012-13 season.

New Commodore defensive coordinator David Kotulski also worked at Stanford with Mason and Tata.

Vanderbilt is continuing to investigate the incident.

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