Former Vikings great Carl Eller was convicted of two gross misdemeanors, driving while impaired and refusing to take a chemical test for alcohol, but he may end up appealing a judge's ruling and is suing the Minneapolis Police Department in federal court.
Hall of Famer Carl Eller was in court Monday speaking in terms of appealing a judge's ruling in Hennepin County district court stemming from an altercation with police last April.
As part of a plea agreement, Eller agreed to have Judge Daniel Mabley render the verdict to avoid a jury trial. In exchange for the decision to allow the judge to decide the case, prosecutors dropped the two felony charges – assault and making terroristic threats – stemming from the April 2008 incident.
Eller and his attorney both stated that the potential remains to appeal the verdict. Eller is also suing the Minneapolis Police Department in federal court, claiming that video evidence of the incident was intentionally destroyed or suppressed.
When approached by reporters, Eller said he felt his celebrity may have played a hand in being singled out and that being famous worked against him. He said he feels disappointment with the system and that he was treated in a harsh matter because of who he is, not what he did.
"I just have a feeling there's something extraordinary about this case and about me," Eller said.
Eller is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 23.
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