MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Carl Eller was arrested for
driving under the influence early Sunday morning, according to the
A trooper stopped the former Minnesota Vikings' star in suburban
Golden Valley after clocking Eller going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone on
westbound Interstate 394 around 3:30 a.m., said Lt. Chuck Walerius
with State Patrol's West Metro office.
The trooper also saw Eller making a lane change and taking an
exit ramp without signaling, Walerius said.
Field sobriety tests indicated that the 64-year-old Eller was
driving while impaired, so he was taken to Minneapolis police's
chemical testing facility, Walerius said.
Eller refused blood alcohol tests there and was held in the
Hennepin County jail until he was bailed out in the afternoon. He
was charged with fourth-degree driving under the influence, a
misdemeanor, Walerius said.
KSTP-TV, which first reported the arrest, said the bail was
Eller was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the
summer of 2004. He retired in 1979 after 16 NFL seasons. He was a
five-time All-Pro who played in six Pro Bowls and four Super Bowls.
Eller was an admitted former substance abuser who became a drug
counselor in Minneapolis. Walerius said Eller's driving record
appeared to be clean. The case was turned over to Golden Valley
city attorney's office for prosecution, he said.
A message left by The Associated Press on Eller's cell phone
Sunday night was not immediately returned.