Vikings rookie cornerback Jabari Price was arrested early Monday, the morning after the team’s season-ending win over Chicago, on a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
A state trooper observed Price driving above the speed limit southbound on Interstate Hwy. 35W and pulled him over at 60th Street at 3:18 a.m. The trooper “detected impairment in the driver,” according to the State Patrol incident report, and administered a breathalyzer test. Price had a blood alcohol count of 0.13 and was arrested.
Price was booked into Hennepin County jail at 4:41 a.m. and released two hours later. He has a court appearance scheduled for Feb. 9 in Minneapolis.
“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Price and are looking into the matter,” the Vikings said in a statement. “We will withhold any further comment at this time.”
Price, a Florida native who played college football at North Carolina, was a seventh-round draft pick last May. The 22-year-old played 14 games for the Vikings as a rookie. He was mostly used on special teams but also played 46 defensive snaps as a reserve. He had 10 tackles in his first season.
Price’s arrest ends a tumultuous 2014 in which the Vikings saw a handful of players bring negative attention to the team with off-the-field incidents.
Ex-Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was charged with a DWI on Jan. 1, 2014 and wide receiver Jerome Simpson was booted off the team in September after it was learned that he was cited for drunken driving in July.
Star running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest in November to a misdemeanor for recklessly injuring his 4-year-old in Texas in May. Peterson’s legal issues led to his 2014 season ending after just one regular-season game.
And defensive tackle Tom Johnson was cited for trespassing and disorderly conduct outside a Minneapolis steakhouse on Oct. 5. He pleaded not guilty and has a hearing scheduled for March 30.