Carl Eller Arrested

Former Vikings star Carl Eller was arrested early this morning on charges stemming from a police stop concerning a potential drunk driving arrest that allegedly turned violent. Eller was held in jail last night facing charges of fourth-degree assault on two police officers and DWI.

Former Viking Carl Eller was arrested earlier this morning after being charged with assaulting two Minneapolis police officers.

Eller, 66, was pulled over by officers at the intersection of Eighth Ave. and Russell Ave. N. about 1 a.m. on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Eller refused to consent to a breath test, according to reports, at which point an altercation is alleged to have taken place between Eller and the arresting officers. Eller was booked in Hennepin County Jail around 2:15 a.m. and charged with fourth-degree assault, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and drunken driving.

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