Vikings defensive back arrested early Sunday morning

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Jayron Kearse
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Jayron Kearse /

Minnesota Vikings safety Jayron Kearse was arrested in the Twin Cities early Sunday morning on suspicion of DWI and carrying a loaded firearm without a permit.

Currently in the final year of his contract, Minnesota Vikings safety Jayron Kearse is scheduled to become a free agent in 2020. His chance of returning to the team next season seemed up in the air, but an incident on Sunday morning might have sealed his fate.

Kearse was arrested on Sunday morning after driving past a barricade on a closed portion of a highway in Minnesota. The Vikings safety showed signs that he was under the influence of alcohol so a BAC test was administered and it revealed his blood-alcohol level to be at .10, which is over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle.

In addition to his alcohol level being over the legal limit, a loaded firearm was also found in Kearse’s vehicle, which he did not have a permit for. The Minnesota safety was officially charged with suspicion of 4th Degree DWI and possession of a firearm without a permit.

Following his arrest, the Vikings released a statement regarding the incident.

"“We are aware of Jayron’s arrest and are gathering additional information at this time.”"

Kearse posted bail of $6,000 on Sunday and he is expected to be at Minnesota’s team facilities on Monday according to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson.

After three seasons at Clemson, Kearse left school early and was selected by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Since his rookie season, the safety has appeared in 55 games for Minnesota and the majority of his time has been spent on special teams.

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This year, Kearse has made two starts in eight games for the Vikings and he has racked up a total of 16 tackles and two pass breakups.