Vanderbilt's defensive line coach charged with DUI, suspended indefinitely

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has indefinitely suspended an assistant coach charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Mason suspended Vavae Tata on Tuesday after learning of the defensive line coach's arrest Sunday morning. A university statement says officials are investigating the incident involving the coach, who was added to Mason's staff on Jan. 24.

Tata, 37, was arrested Sunday morning when police located him a few blocks away from an accident where he had crashed into two parked vehicles.

Tata told police he was trying to walk back to his hotel. He recorded a 0.18 percent blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer test, above the state limit of 0.08. Tata was arrested and released on bond. He is scheduled for a court appearance March 5.


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