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Hall of Famer Eller arrested for DUI

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 27, 2006) -- Hall of Famer Carl Eller was arrested for driving under the influence early morning of Feb. 26, according to the state patrol.

A trooper stopped the former Minnesota Vikings' star in suburban Golden Valley after clocking Eller going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone on westbound Interstate 394 around 3:30 a.m., said Lt. Chuck Walerius with State Patrol's West Metro office.

The trooper also saw Eller making a lane change and taking an exit ramp without signaling, Walerius said.

Field sobriety tests indicated that the 64-year-old Eller was driving while impaired, so he was taken to Minneapolis police's chemical testing facility, Walerius said.

Eller refused blood alcohol tests there and was held in the Hennepin County jail until he was bailed out in the afternoon. He was charged with fourth-degree driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, Walerius said.

KSTP-TV, which first reported the arrest, said the bail was $500.

Eller was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the summer of 2004. He retired in 1979 after 16 NFL seasons. He was a five-time All-Pro who played in six Pro Bowls and four Super Bowls.

Eller was an admitted former substance abuser who became a drug counselor in Minneapolis. Walerius said Eller's driving record appeared to be clean. The case was turned over to Golden Valley city attorney's office for prosecution, he said.

A message left by The Associated Press on Eller's cell phone Sunday night was not immediately returned.

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