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While our campaign to keep drunk drivers off the road during New Year’s celebrations was a rousing success, it appears Henderson thought he was in good enough shape to drive Wednesday afternoon.
Officers responded to a single-car crash at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday in Chanhassen. According to the police report, Henderson lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree near the intersection of Highway 101 and County Road 61. Police officers asked Henderson to submit to a sobriety test, but he refused. He was later arrested and charged with four DWI violations, including a second-degree test refusal.
He was released from jail Thursday morning after posting a $12,000 bond. His hearing is scheduled for March 3, but the latest arrest puts a dark cloud over Henderson’s future with the Vikings.
Back in November, Henderson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. During that incident, Henderson was caught driving with a BAC of 0.11, just over the 0.08 legal limit. He eventually lost his license as a result of the arrest. He later sued to have it reinstated.
Henderson spoke about his initial arrest after the fact, but his recent actions speak louder than words.
“I think I grew leaps and bounds as a player and a person as well,” Henderson said after his first arrest. “You start to learn a lot about yourself when things can go wrong or bad, if you’re willing to try to learn, if you’re willing to look in the mirror and figure things out. And I think I was able to do that.”
Henderson lost his starting middle linebacker spot following his first arrest, but eventually worked his way back into the starting lineup at outside linebacker. He finished the season at middle linebacker after his replacement, Audie Cole, went down with an injury.
Henderson has one year left on his contract, and although he’s already stated he “definitely” wants to be back next year, the Vikings could decide to part ways with the veteran. It wouldn’t be a surprising move, given how many player arrests the team has dealt with of late.
The Vikings would not elaborate on their plans for Henderson when they issued a statement Thursday morning.
“We are aware of the matter involving Erin Henderson,” the team said in a statement. “We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
Related source: ESPN, Pioneer Press