NFL player Jayron Kearse, former SWFL football star, arrested in Minnesota

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Jayron Kearse, 25. Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

A former Southwest Florida high school football star, now NFL player, has been arrested on suspicion of DWI and having an unlicensed gun on him.

CBS Minnesota reports Minnesota Vikings safety Jayron Kearse, 25, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving impaired and carrying a firearm without a permit.

According to an incident report, a state trooper observed Kearse drive his vehicle around a barricade and onto a closed portion of eastbound I-94 at Cedar Ave just before 4 a.m.

Kearse had an alcohol concentration of .10 BAC at the time. Officers also located a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

Kearse played for both Cypress Lake High School and South Fort Myers High School during his high school football years.

Kearse is the nephew of retired NFL player Jevon Kearse, who was a football star at North Fort Myers High School in his youth.

The Vikings say they are aware of the arrest and are gathering information at this time.

Kearse also has an arrest history in Lee County. He was arrested when he was a teenager for a home invasion robbery in 2008 and for trespassing in 2012.

Kearse was taken into to Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis and is listed as having posted $6,000 bond on the arrest page.

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