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Minnesota Vikings Erin Henderson Arrested Again For DWI


Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested again for the second time in two months for DWI related charges.

Henderson was arrested on November 19th for probable cause DWI and possession of a controlled substance but wasn’t charged and subsequently filed a lawsuit against the state. The Vikings released a statement on Thursday, saying, “We are aware of the matter involving Erin Henderson. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson (50) celebrates his tackle against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers win 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Henderson’s latest arrest came in Chanhassen, MN on New Year’s Day near a park-and-ride commuter lot near the intersection of Hwy. 101 and Flying Cloud Drive, a Carver County sheriff’s official said. He was booked mid afternoon on four charges, including second-degree drunken driving for refusing an alcohol test. According to the police report, Henderson also had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia with him.

Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune tweeted this link, which lays out Henderson’s four charges.

Henderson, who lives in Eden Prairie, MN which is about 4 miles from the crash scene, posted $12,000 bail and was released Thursday from the Carver County jail.

Henderson’s lawyer, David Valentini, filed on his behalf what is called an “implied consent” petition, which stated that police didn’t have valid grounds to stop Henderson and that he was not “driving, operating or in physical control of a vehicle.” The petition also challenged the officer’s explanation to Henderson and the validity of the test results.

Henderson’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 3.