Minneapolis, MN- And the honor for racking up the NFL’s first DUI for 2014 goes to Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson who was busted for drunken driving on early New Year’s Day. It appears that Henderson missed all those public services announcements.
According to ESPN, Henderson was arrested a 3:00 a.m. in Chanhassen, Minn., after he crashed his SUV into a group of trees in a parking lot. The Carver County Sherriff’s Department said the linebacker’s car skidded off the road then ran over a grassy median, and then traveled through a parking lot before he came to rest in bank of trees. The front of his vehicle was “heavily damaged” according to the police report.
Henderson refused to submit to a breathalyzer and was arrested on four DUI counts including the second-degree charge for refusing to blow and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Police also found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia on the baller.
Fortunately, there was no one else in Henderson’s vehicle and he was uninjured. Police said that he showed signs of intoxication during a series of field sobriety tests.
Henderson was taken into custody and was released on $12,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for March 3rd, according to USA Today.
“We are aware of the matter involving Erin Henderson,” the Vikings said in a statement after Henderson’s second arrest. “We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.” That’s what the NFL always says, but they rarely have further comment and do very little to sanction players for their illegal off the field antics.
Henderson’s was previously arrested for DUI on November 19th and was also charge with drug possession. Henderson was the third Vikings player to be arrested that month and the second to be charged with DUI.
His teammate Jerome Simpson was arrested for intoxicated driving on November 11th after his Dodge Charger stalled on the side of the road. A police who stopped to offer aide noticed Simpson seemed intoxicated and placed him under arrest. He also refused to submit to a breathalyzer.
Just two days before his arrest, Henderson said in a press conference that he took steps to mature after his arrest, according to ESPN.
“I think I grew leaps and bounds as a player and a person as well,” he said. “You start to learn a lot about yourself when things can go wrong or bad, if you’re willing to try to learn, if you’re willing to look in the mirror and figure things out. And I think I was able to do that.”
Bill Goessling of ESPN believes Henderson’s recent arrest is going to jeopardize his future with the Vikings especially when you consider the fact that he was arrested less than two months ago for drunken driving.
The NFL said in the fall of last year that they were taking steps to curtail drunk driving among their players, but those efforts are apparently not working.