Incident happened Thursday night

Updated: November 18, 2003, 11:12 AM ET
Associated Press

EDINA, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Kevin Williams was arrested on a drunken driving charge, police said Monday.

The Vikings' first-round choice in the 2003 draft was arrested by Edina police around midnight Thursday.

Police said he registered 0.14 percent on a blood-alcohol test and was issued a tab charge for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated. Minnesota's legal limit is 0.10 percent.

On a tab charge, a driver is normally given a ticket and a court date and released to a sober adult without going to jail, police said.

Coach Mike Tice said Williams informed him of the situation but wouldn't comment further.

Williams, drafted ninth overall out of Oklahoma State, is second on the team with 5 sacks.

"He's a player that's gotten better each and every week, and that's exciting to see," Tice said. "I think it was a great draft pick. ... He's a pleasure to be around, and we're really lucky to have him."


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