Vikings receiver Robinson jailed on suspicion of drunken driving

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings receiver Koren Robinson was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of drunken driving and fleeing from police.

Robinson's blue BMW sedan was caught on radar going more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone at 10:45 p.m., and he refused to stop, Chief Matt Peters said Wednesday. He was arrested by police about 10 miles away in Mankato, where the Vikings hold their training camp.

He was in the Nicollet County jail on Wednesday, with charges possible later in the day. He may face a felony charge of fleeing police along with a possible DWI charge, Peters said.

He was given field tests for drunken driving, police said.

Robinson's agent, Alvin Keels, didn't immediately respond to messages for comment.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Wednesday he learned of the arrest soon after Robinson missed the team's 11 p.m. curfew Tuesday.

``I couldn't be more disappointed for him, for the football team, and for the community to have that happen,'' said Childress, adding it's too soon to know how the arrest will affect Robinson's status with the team.

Vikings players had Tuesday off after losing to Oakland on Monday night.

``When you have 24 hours off, it's hard to walk around with them'' to keep them out of trouble, said Childress, who was hired by owner Zygi Wilf in January to straighten out a team prone to off-the-field distractions.

``One of the reasons I'm here in this job and one of the mandates from the Wilf family is they want this ship run right,'' he said. ``I am trying to create a culture of accountability.''

The 26-year-old Robinson's prior history with the league includes a four-game suspension in 2004 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy while playing for the Seattle Seahawks. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wouldn't comment Wednesday on Robinson, but said the league reviews cases based on its policy.

After pleading guilty to DUI in 2005, Robinson was cut by the Seahawks and later spent 28 days in an alcohol treatment facility.

Given a second chance with the Vikings, he turned into a solid receiver and made his first trip to the Pro Bowl. The Vikings gave him a new three-year contract in March that included $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

In July, Robinson said in an interview with the AP that he knew he'd always be under scrutiny as a recovering alcoholic. He said he was taking some relapse prevention classes in preparation for the NFL season, when he said he would have little time to work on maintaining his recovery.

FanNation.com via AP
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