|Ex-Viking Carl Eller arrested for alcohol-related driving offense, fighting with officers|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 09 April 2008 07:45|
Eller was held on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, fleeing police and assaulting a police officer.
Police Inspector Mike Martin said officers in north Minneapolis saw a SUV speed through a stop sign and gave chase. The SUV reached speeds of up to 60 mph through city streets.
Martin said the SUV didn't stop until it pulled into Eller's garage about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Martin said the officers asked Eller to get out of the vehicle. He refused at first, but when he got out he threatened and fought with officers. They used a Taser, but Martin said it had no effect.
Eller was a member of the famed ``Purple People Eaters'' in his 15 years as a defensive end with Minnesota from 1964-78. He played in six Pro Bowls and all four of the Vikings' trips to the Super Bowl. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Officers called for backup against the 66-year-old Eller.
When more officers arrived, they subdued Eller and took him to the Hennepin County Jail, Martin said. Eller refused to take a breath or blood test, Martin said.
Martin said Eller did not request a lawyer when he was questioned and it was unclear if he had hired one.
Officers planned to refer the case to county prosecutors later Wednesday.
One of the officers involved in the arrested was treated for a black eye and bruises.
In 2006, Eller was charged in the suburb of Golden Valley with driving under the influence. He later pleaded guilty.
Eller has acknowledged his history as a substance abuser. He became a treatment counselor and has spoken publicly to groups about the problems of chemical dependency.