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January 30, 2008
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Former NFL player leads Okla. police on chase

The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — Former Dallas Cowboy Alonzo Spellman has been arrested today in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a brief car chase.

Police spokesman Leland Ashley says the chase began after a disturbance at a convenience store.

Ashley says officers used “stop sticks” that flattened three tires on Spellman’s car—but he refused to get out until officers fired pepper-spray pellets into the vehicle.

Spellman was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on complaints of eluding, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

His bond is $10,700.

Spellman was a first-round draft choice out of Ohio State by the Chicago Bears in 1992. He also played for Detroit and Dallas during a 9-year NFL career.

Records show Spellman has a history of treatment for mental illness.

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