Vikings player arrested on suspicion of DWI, weapons charge

Updated: October 28, 2019 03:08 PM

A Minnesota Vikings defensive back was arrested early Sunday morning after driving onto a closed portion of Interstate 94.

A Minnesota State Patrol incident report states a trooper saw a Mercedes drive around a barricade onto the closed portion of I-94 at Cedar Avenue just before 4 a.m. and pulled the vehicle over.


Jayron Kearse, 25, was identified as the driver, and during his interaction with the trooper, signs of alcohol impairment were noticed, according to the incident report. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of DWI and had a BAC of .10.

The trooper then found a loaded firearm in Kearse's vehicle.

He was booked for fourth-degree DWI and carrying a firearm without a permit.

According to the Hennepin County Jail roster, Kearse posted bond at 2:22 p.m. and has been released from custody.

The incident report says the investigation remains active.

Kearse has played in all of the team's eight games this season, making two starts.

He was selected in the seventh-round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson.

A spokesperson for the team released the following statement to KSTP:

"We are aware of Jayron's arrest and are gathering additional information at this time."

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