Viking Erin Henderson charged with DWI in Carver County

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Minnesota Vikings player Erin Henderson was arrested for DWI after crashing his vehicle in Chanhassen on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

According to Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, his deputies received a call of a driving complaint wherein a black SUV was speeding and “driving all over the road” on Jan. 1. Shortly after receiving the initial call, deputies received additional information of a single-vehicle crash at the Park and Ride at the intersection of Hwy 101 and CR 61 in the city of Chanhassen.

Deputies arrived shortly after receiving the call and began their investigation. The investigation showed the vehicle was travelling westbound on CR 61 when the driver lost control,  skidded over the center line, through a grassy area, and then through the parking lot before colliding with trees on the west side of the parking lot. The front of the vehicle was heavily damaged in the crash. The right and left sides were also damaged.



The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, Erin Nile Henderson, 27, of Eden Prairie, was not injured during the crash. Henderson appeared to be under the influence of alcohol (i.e., his breath had a strong odor of consumed alcohol; his eyes were bloodshot and glassy; and he had poor balance). Henderson was arrested for DWI after performing poorly during standardized field sobriety testing.

Henderson was booked into the Carver County Jail, charged with 2nd and 3rd degree DWI and Test Refusal, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and violation of a limited driver license. The case remains under investigation at this time. Henderson was released from jail upon posting $12,000 cash bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 3 at 1:30 p.m.

• Anyone with information related to this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at (952) 361-1212. Callers may leave an anonymous message on the tip line at (952) 361-1224.

Citizens may also use the tip form on the Sheriff’s Office website at


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