Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early on Saturday on a charge of driving while impaired after a state trooper found him visibly intoxicated in a stalled car in Minneapolis, authorities said.
The trooper came across Simpson at about 4 a.m. in a red Dodge Charger stalled on the shoulder of I-394 westbound out of downtown Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Simpson, 27, told the trooper he was coming from the Pour House, a local bar, but denied drinking, according to arrest data provided by the state patrol. The football player had watery eyes and slightly slurred speech, it said.
Simpson was arrested on a DWI charge after being given field sobriety tests. At the Hennepin County Jail, he refused to take a breath test, the state patrol said.
He was booked for driving while impaired and test refusal. He was being held without bail, according to the National Football League website.
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The Vikings said the team was "aware of the matter."
"We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time," it said in a statement.
In 2012, Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation on a felony drug-related charge, the NFL said.
He has compiled 33 receptions for 491 yards and no touchdowns this season, the league said.
(Reporting and writing by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by David Brunnstrom)