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Jerome Simpson Officially Charged With DWI

By Sara Boyd

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has officially been charged with DWI, after being arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving along Interstate 394.

Simpson was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of refusing to submit a chemical test, which is a misdemeanor.

According to the charges, a trooper was dispatched to a stalled vehicle that was blocking a lane on westbound I-394 out of downtown Minneapolis around 4:28 a.m. on Saturday.

The trooper located a Dodge Challenger with Kentucky license plates, which was stalled on the right shoulder of I-394 and 5th Street.

A man, later identified as Simpson, stepped out of the driver’s seat and walked towards the trooper, claiming he thought his rear axle was broken.

The trooper said while talking with Simpson he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from him and saw that he had bloodshot/watery eyes.

Simpson said he was at the Pour House downtown but denied having anything to drink.

He was then given the Horizontal Gaze test, which he failed.

Simpson was then asked to perform the Walk and Turn test, which he also failed.

Simpson performed a third and final test, the One Leg Stand test, and failed that, as well.

He was given a preliminary breath test, which registered a .095 BAC.

Simpson was then placed under arrest.

At 4:43 a.m., he was given a chance to contact an attorney. About half an hour later, he was asked to perform another breath test and refused.

When asked why, Simpson said his reason was “advice of my council.”

He was released from Hennepin County jail Saturday afternoon after posting a bond.

On Monday, Simpson addressed the issue and apologized.

“I sincerely apologize for the attention that I have brought to the fans, our community and myself,” Simpson said.

The sixth-year veteran may be in line for another suspension from the NFL. He was previously suspended three games after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge in Kentucky prior to signing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012.

“We’ll have further clarification as we learn more from the league as well as what we’re going to do internally,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said. “But from my standpoint there isn’t a whole lot more that I can add regarding his situation as we are continuing to gather more information.”

The 27-year-old former second round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals is second on the team with 33 receptions, but leads the team in receiving yards with 491 in nine games this season.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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