TAMPA — Hillsborough County deputies finally caught up with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Arron Sears on Wednesday, arresting him on a warrant for failing to appear at a December court hearing.
Sears, 26, pushed a Tampa police officer in June while trying to escape from Tampa General Hospital, authorities said. He had been hospitalized under the Baker Act, which empowers police to hold people who appear likely to harm themselves or others for mental evaluation.
The officer used a Taser on Sears and later pressed charges against him, resulting in a battery on a law enforcement officer warrant issued for Sears' arrest.
Deputies found Sears disoriented and wandering on Gunn Highway in November, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested on the warrant and eventually released on $2,000 bail.
He failed to show up for a court hearing in early December, prompting the judge to issue another warrant for his arrest.
He was taken into custody at his Odessa home at 1 p.m. Wednesday and was held without bail in a Hillsborough jail.
Sears, a second-round pick in 2007 out of Tennessee, was named to the all-rookie team and started 31 games over his first two seasons. He suffered an undisclosed psychological problem before the 2009 season and was later placed on the nonfootball-related illness list.
He returned to workouts near the end of 2009 but was released in April.