Vikings Safety Jayron Kearse Arrested For DWI, Firearm Possession
Vikings safety Jayron Kearse was arrested early Sunday morning for suspicion of driving while impaired and carrying a firearm without a permit.
According to the incident report from Minnesota State Patrol, Kearse was stopped after he drove around a barricade onto the closed portion of Eastbound I-94 at Cedar Ave in Minneapolis at around 4 a.m.
The state trooper that stopped Kearse "observed signs of alcohol impairment," per the report, and found a loaded weapon inside the vehicle. Kearse was compliant during the stop, according to Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank.
Kearse was booked at Hennepin County Jail at 5:27 a.m. for suspicion of 4th degree DWI and carrying a firearm without a permit. His BAC was 0.10, which is 0.02 above the legal limit. Kearse posted the $6,000 bond and was released at 2:20 p.m.
There were two other people in the vehicle with Kearse, 25, at the time.
The Vikings released the following statement: "We are aware of Jayron's arrest and are gathering additional information at this time."
There is no full police report yet due to the ongoing investigation.
Kearse is in his fourth season with the Vikings after being selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Clemson. He has been a contributor on special teams for most of his career, and started two games earlier this season with both Mike Hughes and Mackensie Alexander injured.
The Vikings were off this weekend after beating Washington on Thursday night. They play this Sunday in Kansas City.