Ex-Buc, WDAE host Beckles arrested after disobeying officers
Ian Beckles, a radio host and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player, was arrested late Thursday after ignoring officers' orders and touching a police horse's mane, St. Petersburg police said. Beckles was arrested at 11 p.m. Thursday near the Vintage Ultra Lounge, 16 Second St. N., police said. He was charged with disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor. The incident began as a crowd exited a concert at the nearby Jannus Live and the 6-foot-1, 325-pound Tampa resident tried crossing the street against the light, an arrest report states. Beckles was directed back to the sidewalk for his safety and educated about the violation, the report states."The defendant was highly intoxicated, swaying and slurring his speech," the arrest report states. "The defendant had difficulty speaking in complete sentences and had the strong smell of alcohol on his breath." Beckles was allowed to leave. He slapped an officer on the back and yelled, "OK, tough guy," the report states. He then tried entering the street in violation of the light and yelled back several times, "Hey tough guy," the report states. Another officer led Beckles back to the sidewalk. When the crosswalk signal turned green, Beckles was told to leave the area. Instead, Beckles advanced toward mounted patrol horses and grabbed a horse's mane despite being ordered not to touch the animal, named Jacob, police said. Beckles was released from the Pinellas County Jail at 3:21 a.m. Friday after paying cash bail of $100, according to jail records. He was on the air for his sports talk show on WDAE (620 AM) beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. Beckles, an offensive lineman, played seven seasons for the Bucs, who selected him in the fifth round of the NFL draft out of the University of Indiana in 1990. The Montreal native retired from football in 1998 after spending two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.