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Wes Phillips, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was apprehended for suspected drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding on a highway in Minneapolis.
At around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Jill Frankfurth reported that Phillips, age 44, was operating a Tesla Model S on Interstate 394 when he was pulled over. According to Frankfurth, Phillips displayed behaviors indicative of being under the influence and his blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.10%, exceeding the legal limit of 0.08% in Minnesota.
Phillips was taken into custody at the Hennepin County detention center for allegedly driving under the influence, which is considered a minor offense. According to jail records, he paid a $300 bail and was discharged at 1:26 a.m., approximately 2 1/2 hours after being detained.
A court hearing was set for December 21st.
According to a statement from the Vikings, Phillips accompanied the team on their journey to Las Vegas on Saturday. The Vikings will be playing against the Raiders on Sunday afternoon.
After being arrested last night, Wes promptly informed the team. The team released a statement saying that they contacted the NFL this morning and, after discussing internally, decided that Wes will still travel with the team to Las Vegas this afternoon. They will continue to gather information about the incident and provide further comment when appropriate.
Phillips hails from a family with a history of coaching in the NFL. Both his father, Wade Phillips, and grandfather, Bum Phillips, held positions as head coaches in the league.
According to his biography on the team’s website, Phillips has been an NFL assistant for 17 years and is currently in his second season with the Vikings.