MINNEAPOLIS — According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Minnesota Vikings player was arrested early Sunday morning driving on a closed portion of Interstate 94.

According to the state patrol incident report, just before 4 a.m. Sunday, a trooper saw a Mercedes drive around a barricade on I-94 eastbound at Cedar Avenue, where it was closed. The trooper stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as Jayron Kearse, 25, of Fort Myers, Florida, according to the state patrol.

The state patrol incident report says that Kearse had a BAC of .10, and a loaded firearm was found in the car.

Kearse was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired and carrying a firearm without a permit, according to the state patrol. He has not been formally charged. According to Hennepin County Jail records, Kearse was released from jail just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday after posting his $6,000 bond.

The Minnesota Vikings provided a statement on Sunday, saying, "We are aware of Jayron’s arrest and are gathering additional information at this time."

Kearse, a defensive back for the Vikings, was drafted as a rookie by Minnesota in 2016. He previously played for Clemson University.

He is the nephew of former defensive end Jevon Kearse.

Jayron Kearse
Jayron Kearse
Hennepin County Sheriff

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