Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Touching police horse nets arrest, disorderly intoxication charge for ex-Buc, radio host Ian Beckles

ST. PETERSBURG — Ian Beckles, a former Bucs offensive lineman and current co-host of a bay area sports talk-radio show, was arrested Thursday, charged with disorderly intoxication after he ignored orders to follow traffic signals and leave police horses alone, police said.

Beckles, 45, was arrested about 11 p.m. near Jannus Live downtown. Police directing traffic as a crowd left the Citizen Cope concert spotted Beckles walking into traffic, the arrest report said.

An officer who asked him to return to the sidewalk observed Beckles was "highly intoxicated, swaying and slurring his speech," the report said. Beckles "had difficulty speaking in complete sentences and had the strong smell of alcohol on his breath."

When police told Beckles he could go after "educating him" on the importance of pedestrian traffic signals, Beckles slapped an officer on the back and said, "Okay, tough guy," police said.

He continued to heckle officers until he was asked to return to the sidewalk, police said. Then Beckles moved toward an officer on horseback and was told to stay away.

He moved from that horse and toward another, police said.

Another officer began to yell, "Don't touch the horse! Don't touch the horse!"

Beckles touched the horse, police said.

Beckles was booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 12:41 a.m. He was released on $100 bail less than three hours later.

Beckles co-hosts a morning show with Ron Diaz on WDAE-AM 620.

He spent nine years in the NFL, from 1990-98, including the first seven with Tampa Bay, starting 105 games.

Beckles was not available for comment.

Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected], (727) 893-8804 and on Twitter @Marissa_Jae. Greg Auman can be reached at [email protected] and (813) 226-3346.

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