Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson was arrested early Tuesday for suspicion of impaired driving.
The Star Tribune, citing Hennepin County jail records, specified that the fourth-year safety was booked on suspicion of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated.
The Minnesota State Patrol told The Associated Press that Johnson, 25, was stopped about 2 a.m. CT for failing to signal a merge on an interstate ramp while driving in Minneapolis.
During the stop, the trooper noticed Johnson had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. The state patrol says Johnson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent during field sobriety tests. The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08 percent.
He was hauled into jail and booked at 3:15 a.m., according to the jail log obtained by The Star Tribune, and released just over two hours later.
It continues to be a bad week for Johnson, who dropped what would have been a game-winning interception against the Bucs. The Vikings told The AP they’re aware of the incident but declined further comment.
The fourth-year safety was Minnesota’s second-round draft pick in 2008 out of Arkansas State. He’s logged 24 starts with the team, with 99 combined tackles and two picks.
The Star Tribune reported that Johnson is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a frequent speaker for youth and student groups.
– Marc Sessler