Updated: June 4th, 2012 4:50pm
Jerome Felton was arrested for DWI while in McDonald's drive-thru lane

Jerome Felton was arrested for DWI while in McDonald's drive-thru lane

by Judd Zulgad
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Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton wasn't on a highway or freeway early Saturday when he was arrested on a second-degree DWI charge.

Instead, Felton was waiting in the drive-thru lane at a McDonald's in Eden Prairie.

In an e-mail Monday, an Eden Prairie police spokesperson wrote that police responded to the McDonald's on Prairie Center Drive at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday because of a report of an intoxicated driver waiting in the drive-thru lane.

Police conducted field sobriety tests on Felton.

He was arrested for second-degree driving while intoxicated with an aggravating factor of refusal to take an alcohol breath test. That is a gross misdemeanor. He also was charged with third-degree DWI with an aggravating factor of one prior DWI conviction within 10 years (gross misdemeanor); as well as careless driving (misdemeanor).

Felton, 25, was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 5:51 a.m. Saturday and released by noon after posting $12,000 bond. The Eden Prairie City Attorney handles prosecution of gross misdemeanor cases. No further details of the arrest were available.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. on July 18 at Ridgedale Courthouse in Minnetonka.

A fifth-round pick in 2008 by Detroit who has appeared in 56 games for the Lions, Carolina and Indianapolis, Felton signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in March that included a minimum base salary and a $50,000 bonus tied to workouts and making the 53-man roster. He entered the offseason program as the favorite to be the Vikings' starting fullback.

Tom Pelissero contributed

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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