Vanderbilt assistant coach Vavae Tata charged with DUI

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Vanderbilt new defensive line coach Vavae Tata was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, according to the Tennessean.

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The police report says that Tata hit two parked vehicles, and he fled the scene to avoid police and was found several blocks away, where he admitted to driving the crashed vehicle. The report adds that Tata had bloodshot and watery eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He blew a .18 on a breathalyzer test, which is twice the legal limit of .08 percent in the state of Tennessee.

Tata worked with head coach Derek Mason at Stanford as a Cardinal’s defensive assistant coach before coming to Vanderbilt.

Updated: Vanderbilt announces via a statement that Vavae Tata has been suspended indefinitely.

Based upon information received Tuesday, Vanderbilt assistant coach Vavae Tata has been suspended indefinitely by Head Football Coach Derek Mason stemming from an incident that occurred Feb. 16 in Nashville. Vanderbilt University will continue its investigation into the matter.

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