From the Columbus Dispatch :

Maurice Clarett was arrested early today after a highway chase that ended with police using Mace on the former Ohio State running back and finding four loaded guns in his truck, a police spokesman said.

Officers used Mace to subdue Clarett after a stun gun was ineffective because the former Fiesta Bowl star was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Sgt. Michael Woods said.

“It took several officers to get him handcuffed,” Woods said. “Even after he was placed in the paddy wagon, he was still kicking at the doors and being a problem for the officers.”

Clarett was being interviewed at police headquarters. Authorities planned to charge him with carrying concealed weapons and other counts, Woods said.

Clarett made an illegal U-turn on Brice Road on the East Side and failed to stop when officers tried to pull him over.

Clarett was being pursued by police while driving eastbound on I-70 when he darted across the median and began heading west. Clarett drove over a spike strip that was placed on the highway, flattening the driver’s side tires of the SUV, Woods said.

Clarett exited the highway and pulled into a restaurant parking lot, where officers removed him from the SUV after he failed to obey numerous orders to exit the vehicle, Woods said.

After Clarett was placed in a police van, officers discovered a loaded rifle and three loaded handguns in the front of the vehicle, Woods said.

Clarett’s decision-making is frequently mocked by sportswriters, talk radio hosts and bloggers alike, but in this instance, I have to admire the foresight he showed in donning the bulletproof vest.

And with that in mind, I would like to issue an open invite to Maurice ; I’m holding a ticket to the Ohio State / Texas game on September 9, and much as I’d love to attend, it only seems fitting that this monumental event be covered by someone with your unique insight into the visitors’ program. If you’re willing to lower yourself to blogging about the game, the ticket is yours — though I’ll need photographic evidence that you in fact, attended the game rather than peddled the ticket (nothing personal — I’ve thought about selling it myself).

I don’t know the policy regarding bulletproof vests at Royal Stadium. But I can tell you they don’t take kindly to bringing in your own snacks.