|Beckles allegedly touched the horse. (Getty Images)|
If a police officer tells you not to touch his police horse, you probably shouldn't touch his police horse.
According to St. Petersburg, Fla., police, former Buccaneers offensive lineman Ian Beckles failed to heed that warning Thursday when Beckles was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication after allegedly ignoring an officer's order to follow traffic signals and not to touch a police horse.
Beckles, 45, co-hosts a morning radio show on WDAE-AM 620 after spending nine years in the NFL with the Buccaneers (1990-96) and Eagles (1997-98).
Police (via the Tampa Bay Times) said Beckles was walking into traffic while people left a Citizen Cope concert at about 11 p.m. Thursday. After an officer asked him to walk on the sidewalk, the officer wrote in his report, Beckles was “highly intoxicated, swaying and slurring his speech," and that he "had difficulty speaking in complete sentences and had the strong smell of alcohol on his breath."
After police spoke to him about obeying pedestrian traffic signals, Beckles allegedly slapped an officer on the back and told him, “OK, tough guy.” According to the report, Beckles continued jawing with officers, and he approached a horse. The officer on the horse told him to stay away. Beckles moved toward another horse, and another officer ordered Beckles not to touch the horse.
Beckles allegedly failed to listen -- and touched the horse.
After posting $100 bail, Beckles was released from jail about three hours after he was booked.
Beckles started 122 of 127 games he played as a right guard.
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