The Steelers rookie nose tackle who was arrested last year after a drunken chase with Pittsburgh police through the South Side pleaded guilty this morning.

Alameda Ta'amu was sentenced to serve 18 months probation, four days in a DUI housing program and 150 hours of community service.

Mr. Ta'amu pleaded guilty to three counts of recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and driving under the influence.

Charges of aggravated assault were withdrawn by prosecutors.

Mr. Ta'amu apologized for his actions.

"I know what I've done is wrong," he said. "I'd do anything to make it right. What I did affected my whole family. I've got to keep learning from my mistakes. So far, I think I've done a good job of staying away [from alcohol.]"

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani found Mr. Ta'amu not guilty of fleeing and eluding because the officer chasing the man along East Carson Street was in an unmarked car. Mr. Ta'amu said he didn't know it was an officer and instead thought it was an angry driver chasing him in a road rage.

According to police, Mr. Ta'amu was spotted by an off-duty officer driving the wrong way on Fort Pitt Boulevard and then over the Smithfield Bridge about 2 a.m. on Oct. 14.

Officers on foot on the South Side tried to stop him with guns drawn as he drove erratically on East Carson Street, and were nearly struck.

Mr. Ta'amu's Lincoln Navigator struck four parked cars, causing more than $22,000 damage.

One woman who was inside one of those cars was injured.

After his vehicle came to a stop, Mr. Ta'amu jumped out and ran away. Officers chasing him finally stopped him at Uxor Way. He resisted arrest, and it took four officers to restrain the 6-foot-3, 348 pound man.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.196.

Under the court's order, Mr. Ta'amu must also pay more than $10,000 in restitution.