MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol arrested Vikings’ safety Tyrell Johnson Tuesday morning on suspicion of a DWI.

At 1:59 a.m., a state trooper stopped Johnson’s vehicle on the ramp from Interstate 94 to westbound Interstate 394 for failing to signal a merge.

During the traffic stop, the trooper observed that 25-year-old Johnson had blood shot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The trooper stated he could also detect a strong smell of alcohol.

Johnson was asked to get out of his vehicle and perform a field sobriety test. His alcohol concentration registered at a 0.12.

Hennepin County deputies booked Johnson, whose full name is Marcellous Tyrell Johnson, at 3:17 a.m. at the Hennepin County Jail.

He was released from police custody at 5:28 a.m. and faces a charge of fourth-degree DWI.

This is Johnson’s fourth year with the Vikings.

His next court appearance is set for Nov. 1.

Comments (35)
  1. Dang it all says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo way
    Not a model citizen employed by the Thugs in Purple.
    didn’t happen
    ask the Sensers

    1. Bob says:

      Tell that to child rapist packer players. yeah, i went there.

      1. @bob says:

        ya went where ol’ Bobby? Don’t tell me ya were a participant in some peverted behavior cuz I promise ya we shall hunt ya down and castrate you by nightfall

  2. just sayin says:

    All these guys are just over-paid trash.

    So ridiculous.

    1. Cmon says:

      My nephew was granted a wish by the Make a Wish Foundation and the NFL players that helped make that happen were heros. Because it’s not reported, no one would know but NFL players spend a lot of time and money doing great things that they don’t have to do.

      1. pretzeldude says:

        Yes, that is a good thing. But I assure you it is not from the heart of some of the players. It is because their agents tell them they need a tax write off.

  3. Jeff says:

    Vikings will NEVER be able to set a better example to kids thank the TWINS! Sports management should set the expectations out from the very beginning and if those expectations are not met, the athlete should be fired! Who needs thugs!

  4. Huh says:

    (NF-L) Natioal Felons League at it again.

    1. just sayin says:

      Kind of reminds ya of DFL

      1. Wa says:

        Huh, kind of reminds me of (R) Representative Mark Buesgens. Just sayin.

  5. markH says:

    Driving while intoxicated isn’t just a “mistake”, it’s a crime that is consciously and consistently committed by people who KNOW the laws and ramifications only too well, yet CONSCIOUSLY choose to operate a motor vehicle anyway. Your choice of the word “mistake” is clear evidence that many people out there still don’t get it. Perhaps you should visit some of the 34,000 new graves that pop up around our nation each and EVERY YEAR! These unfortunate people (many of them innocent children, fathers, mothers) are now dead because people like you make excuses and use euphemisms to describe what is actually a crime. Peace.

  6. Johnny Rain Cloud says:

    Hopefully the NFL will suspend him for this weeks game so he can’t drop an interception again! Just to inform everyone, Johnson dropped an easy interception that would have sealed a vikings win!

  7. EJ says:

    Reminds me of the Vikings of the 80’s. A lot of DUI’s, thanks Keith M. With the boat sex deal and players getting arrested, I’ll just watch the Packers. Minnesota will be better off without the Vikings anyway. Let them go to LA.

  8. Maddog says:

    Hey I had in as the next Viking to get arrested in Viking arrest pool at work. He made me $70. Great going Tyrell.

  9. B in MPLS says:

    It’s pretty easy to get a DUI these days if you have a couple beers and then get in a car. For most people .08 is 2.5 beers.

    MADD has over-stepped its bounds in making the law too strict and has turned everyday people into criminals.

    The sad fact is, more people die in MInnesota each year getting the wrong prescription from the pharmacist (and through countless other ways) than from being in a drunk-driving-related accident. Our efforts are being spent in the wrong areas these days.

    However, since the law is so strict, I just take the bus, light rail or a cab. Much cheaper than a DUI.

    1. Todd says:

      Not drinking is cheaper yet. The cab driver, bus driver, and light rail operator are illegal at 0.02 (today’s bit of trivia)

    2. markH says:

      “The sad fact is, more people die in MInnesota each year getting the wrong prescription from the pharmacist (and through countless other ways) than from being in a drunk-driving-related accident.”

      Really B? Can you support this statement with any empirical evidence? And you think MADD has gone too far in lobbying for lower BAC for drivers? Do you think it prudent (let alone safe) to allow people who’ve been drinking to determine (with no technological device whatsoever) just how close to .08 or .10 they are? Could you do this with any degree of accuracy?

      Have you ever had been called at 3:54 am and told that your sister was killed in a motor vehicle crash by a 4X drunk driver? Do you think the pain was any less having to have a closed casket funeral because the damage rendered her unrecognizable? Do you think it was made any easier when the driver only received a 14 month sentence? Stop trying to rationalize stupidity and recklessness-I think your attitude is just another example of indifference and irresponsibility attempting to defend the indefensible.

  10. N in MPLS says:

    So what your saying “B in MPLS” is that aside from being a sympathizer of those who choose to drink and drive you also understand that it is against the law and there are consequences for those decisions you choose to avoid.

    1. B in MPLS says:

      A sympathizer? No. A realist, yes.

      You, as a driver, need to be aware that there are people around you who are drunk, high, playing with their cell phone and who knows what else when they’re driving. These are the people I honk and scream at, but at the end of the day, they are out there and you can’t do anything about it. You have to be a defensive driver.

      My comment about about the pharmacy issue is just stating fact. There were 131 drunk-driving-related deaths in MN in 2010, according to the Highway Patrol. While there were over 100,000 deaths related to prescription errors in the US in 2010. Do the math.

      All I’m saying is that we spend tons of money to save these 131 lives each year, while no money is spent trying to save lives from more common causes of death.

      Seriously, we had 39 murders in Minneapolis in 2010. That means in the whole state of 4.5 million people we had about 3x more people die from drunk driving than from murders in a city of 400k. Those are ridiculously low numbers.

      Just sayin’

  11. Twins FAN says:

    IT WAS MY FAULT. Because I don’t want to support a Billion dollars for his much needed playground.
    I believe he could have made better choices to avoid this situation. It was not one mistake, it was a series of mistakes and a clouded judgement of, ‘they can’t catch me.” or “So what, I am rich(notice I did not say loaded) so I can buy my way out of any situation.
    If I got a DUI, I would be suspended from my job. Impaired driving is EVERYONE’S business. I am not calling him a thug, just saying—try thinking beyond yourself when you get behind the wheel.

  12. keel says:

    Obviously, if the Vikings got a new stadium courtesy of the Minnesota taxpayers, these terrible things wouldn’t happen to their players. This is your fault, Minnesotans! Oh…and the fault of “Obamacare”…and the communists…and the UN.

  13. Dale says:

    If Johnson can’t hit anything while he is sober how is he going to do any damage while drunk? Seriously people on this board should not judge the group as a whole by the actions of one.

  14. snowman says:

    The guy has a couple drinks and fails to signal a merge, and you rubes are
    branding him a thug? What a bunch of puritans!

  15. snowman says:

    The guy has a couple drinks and fails to signal a merge,and you rubes are
    branding him a thug? What a bunch of puritans!

  16. Kevin says:

    If I was on the defense in that game..I would have got hammered too! What a garbage team….same old….same old….

  17. LOOSER!!!!!!! says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEND THEM TO L.A.

  18. Dan says:

    He failed to signal a lane merge? People in Minnesota never use their signals. Their too busy texting. Or their heads are up their a–

  19. Jake says:

    Some of you need to lighten up. It’s not like he committed MASS MURDER — INTENTIONALLY. Get off of your high horses and realize that it’s a lot easier to make a mistake and get caught these days than it was 20-30 years ago. I’m not excusing his crime, just try, IF YOU ARE ABLE, to put it in perspective. It wasn’t like he was 2 or 3 times ABOVE the legal limit either — one less beer and he might have gotten off scot-free.

  20. Rick says:

    Obviously this moron should not be drinking during the season. But the dwi laws are bull I agree. I say fine him and get back to business.

  21. Move to LA says:

    Just another viking loser

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