Future of Minnesota Vikings linebacker cloudy after driving drunk

Erin Henderson, a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, has been arrested for the second time on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. On Wednesday, Jan. 1, the football player was taken into custody after crashing his vehicle into trees near a parking lot in Chanhassen. According to police reports, Henderson refused to take a sobriety test and now faces several charges for DWI as well as a charge for not taking the test. He also allegedly had drug paraphernalia and marijuana in his possession at the time of the arrest. The cash bail for the linebacker was set at $12,000. He was able to post bail and was released.

Only six weeks earlier, on Nov. 19, the pro footballer was charged with possession of a controlled substance as well as driving while drunk. After this arrest, he left the Vikings for a few days. However, the Vikings coach stated that the linebacker left the team for personal reasons that were not related to the arrest. When he eventually returned to the team, he did not start as middle linebacker until another player’s injury put him in the starting lineup for the Viking’s last regular season game.

Henderson stated that he is growing and learning as a person partly because of the mistakes he’s made. A statement released by the Vikings claimed that the team is aware of what’s happening with the player, but did not reveal whether or not he will be let go. While his future in football is unclear, the player might be able to stay with the Vikings depending on whether or not he is found guilty of the charges.

Source: espn.go.com, “Erin Henderson arrested again” Ben Goessling, Jan. 02, 2014

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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