For the second time in less than a month, a Minnesota Vikings player has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
Following Jerome Simpson’s Nov. 9 arrest in downtown Minneapolis, linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested in Eden Prairie on suspicion of DWI. His arrest came Nov. 19, but was only confirmed by police and team officials on Nov. 27, according to CBS Sports.
The circumstances of Henderson’s arrest have not been discussed in detail, but authorities have said he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11 when he was arrested. Anything over 0.08 is considered too drunk to drive.
Henderson’s attorney has claimed that his client was not given field sobriety tests when he was pulled over, so police lacked probably cause to arrest him. If you recall an earlier post on this blog, veteran journalist Sam Donaldson’s own drunk-driving case was dismissed because police did not have probable cause to arrest him.
Henderson has yet to be formally charged with a crime, so it will be interesting to see if and how his attorney’s claim gains traction. As a Minneapolis DWI lawyer, I know from experience that legal challenges like this are sometimes successful.
I have spent much of my career defending Twin Cities residents against claims of drunk driving. If you need to talk to a criminal defense attorney who takes drunk driving cases, please feel free to contact me at a time when it is convenient for you. Please do not make the mistake of thinking you have no options; seeking legal counsel is a wise move in many cases.