Update: Simpson was charged with fourth-degree DWI and refusing to submit to a chemical test. He has issued an apology, but has not commented further on the incident.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early the morning of Saturday, Nov. 9, on suspicion of DWI.
According to the Twitter account of Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske, at 4:03 a.m., a state trooper responded to a report of a stalled vehicle blocking lanes of traffic on Interstate 394 heading out of downtown Minneapolis.
The trooper reported that Simpson emerged from the vehicle displaying “obvious signs of intoxication,” like “slightly slurred speech” and “watery eyes.” He performed field sobriety tests, was arrested and was booked into Hennepin County Jail around 5:40 a.m.
Simpson has had legal trouble in the past. When he played for the Cincinnati Bengals, he was charged with marijuana possession after authorities intercepted 2.5 pounds of marijuana on its way to his Kentucky home. Once inside the home, they found 6 more pounds of pot.
Although the story as we know it so far does not look good for Simpson, we need to extend him the benefit of the doubt. He did not take a blood-alcohol content breath test, and that is important, because most forms of BAC tests (i.e. a Breathalyzer) are more accurate than very subjective field sobriety tests (i.e. “walk in a straight line”).
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