Category: Unusual

Insanity Defense for killing wife’s lover

There have been some infamous cases surrounding the insanity defense.  One of the first occurred in 1859 and involved Defendant New York Congressman and Civil War General Dan Sickles, and victim Washington D.C. District Attorney Philip Barton Key, the son of poet Francis Scott Key who wrote the Star Spangled Banner.  The temporary insanity defense worked, Defendant Sickles was found not guilty and applauded by the community at the time for protecting the women from an adulterer the likes of victim Key.  Click here to read the details of this case.

An insanity defense is admitting to the physical act of the crime, but then the defendant asserts they are not responsible for their actions due to mental health problems.  This assertion takes place at the trial to a jury.  Minnesota does not recognize an insanity defense, but instead does allow for a defense of mental illness or deficiency.  There are differences between the two forms of defense.  The burden is on the Defendant to prove the mental illness or deficiency to the jury by a preponderance of the evidence.  The actual defense, if the case goes to trial, and notice requirements are noted in Criminal Rules of Procedure 9.02, subd. 1(5).

Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 20.01 and 20.02 cover acts the defendant claims are the result of mental health issues.  Rule 20.01 covers whether a person is competent to participate in the proceedings, or assist in their defense. If a person is not competent to proceed and the case is a felony or gross misdemeanor, the case is then stayed for a period of time to see if competency is restored.  If competency is restored, the case then proceeds to trial.  If competency is not restored, the government must file a motion within the time lines prescribed to extend the commitment of the Defendant pursuant to the rule.  Rule 20.01, is about whether the case can proceed.

Rule 20.02, addresses the issue of proceeding to trial on the defense of mental illness or deficiency.  This rule covers the medical examination reports and the commitment proceedings if a person is found not guilty by mental illness or deficiency.

If you have any questions as to how mental illness is addressed in our Courts, please give me a call at 651-200-3484


On Wisconsin! Making suits out of used human skin by designer The Plainfield Ghoul

It is always good to be the leader in things: Wisconsin lays claim to one of the countries most infamous criminals. Ed Gein infamous for his grave robbing, hanging bodies in his garage, making clothing and lamp shades out of human skin and serving sausage to his neighbors is one of Wisconsin’s most well known criminals. His crimes inspired such movies as Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the Lambs. Want to read more about Ed Gein? See my blog at You can use the following link as a starting point. I copied the introduction from the site to get you started.
Edward Theodore “Ed” Gein (pron.: /ˈɡiːn/; August 27, 1906[1] – July 26, 1984) was an American murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. Gein confessed to killing two women – tavern owner Mary Hogan on December 8, 1954, and a Plainfield hardware store owner, Bernice Worden on November 16, 1957. Initially found unfit for trial, after confinement in a mental health facility he was tried during 1968 for the murder of Worden and sentenced to life imprisonment, which he spent in a mental hospital.
His case influenced the creation of several fictional killers, including Norman Bates of the novel Psycho, Leatherface of the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jame Gumb of the novel The Silence of the Lambs, and Bloody Face of the TV show American Horror Story: Asylum.

Background information
Also known as The Plainfield Ghoul, The Mad Butcher

Happy Mother’s Day – listen to your mother, always leave the house in clean underwear

This guy clearly forgot to listen to mom’s advice:

Manatee sheriff: Man says cocaine in his buttocks isn’t his
Published: October 1, 2010
MANATEE — A search of a 25-year-old man following a traffic stop Wednesday morning revealed one bag of marijuana and one bag of cocaine in the driver’s buttocks, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The driver said only the marijuana belonged to him.
Raymond Stanley Roberts was pulled over at 8:40 a.m. in the 500 block of 63rd Avenue East. Approaching the Hyundai, deputies said they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the report.
After writing a speeding ticket, one of the deputies asked Roberts if he smoked marijuana and when had he done it last. According to the arrest report, Roberts replied that he smoked the night before and there was nothing in the car. He then told the two deputies to search the car.
While searching Roberts’ person, deputies felt a soft object in his buttocks. The report said Roberts then said, “Let me get it,” and pulled out a clear plastic bag of marijuana weighing 4.5 grams.
He was then asked if he was holding anything else, and Roberts said no.
Deputies then felt another soft object in the same area and pulled it out through the exterior of Roberts’ shorts. The object was a bag with 27 pieces of rock cocaine weighing 3.5 grams, the report stated.
When the bag fell to the ground, Roberts immediately said, according to the report, “The white stuff is not mine, but the weed is.” He then stated that his friend had borrowed the vehicle before and he saw the cocaine on the passenger seat when he was pulled over.
Roberts has been charged with possession of rock cocaine and marijuana. He was released Wednesday from Manatee County jail after posting a $1,120 bond.

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Youth Soccer Player punches Referee who later dies

Despite the many good things to be learned when playing sports, there are the occasions where things go terribly wrong. Not only do these occasions hurt the team for which the player is a member, but also may seriously effect the people involved in the altercations. The young man in the story below lost control of his temper, punched a referee and now may face murder charges. You can also read the article below and then see the Reese Witherspoon video of her asking an officer the always dumb question: “do you know who I am?”

For the Reese Witherspoon video:

And, The Duck Wins

Here is one for our hunters and farmers to be aware of. If you have property that has federal wetlands, or easements to federal wetlands, it is best to contact your local Department of Natural Resources, the Federal Wetland Agency and your attorney before taking any actions. As the Case of United States v. Alvin Peterson shows, interfering with an easement leading to a federal wetland, such as a pond, stream or other access, will lead to a federal offense and possible prison sentence, or federal probation.

To read more about this case see below for a summary and the complete decision by the Federal Court. If you have any questions as to how I might help you, please call me at 651-200-3484 or see my video on my website.

United States v. Alvin Peterson
App. from Dist. N.D.

Fact Summary:

Defendant Alvin Peterson was charged with two misdemeanor violations for draining wetlands on property encumbered by a federal wetland easement. A Federal Judge found Peterson guilty of both violations and sentenced him to 5 yrs.
probation, a fine and restitution.

Defendant Alvin Peterson appealed to the 8th Circuit Federal District Court challenging sufficiency of evidence.


(1) Sufficiency of Evidence

a. Defendant Alvin Peterson asserted there was no evidence that the drained wetlands existed at the time of the easement, that the wetlands he drained were
covered by the easement, or that he had knowledge of the easement’s scope.

b. The 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals Analyzed:

1. The evidentiary photographs showed the wetland existed at the time of the

2. The wetlands were covered by the easement.

3. All that is required under the law is that Defendant Alvin Peterson knew there was a federal easement on that land.

Below is the complete opinion

United States Court of Appeals
No. 10-1577
United States of America,
* Appeal from the United States
v. * District Court for the
* District of North Dakota.
Alvin Peterson, *
Appellant. *
Submitted: October 21, 2010
Filed: January 27, 2011
Before RILEY, Chief Judge, MELLOY and GRUENDER, Circuit Judges.
GRUENDER, Circuit Judge.
Alvin Peterson (“Peterson”) was charged with two Class B misdemeanor
violations for draining wetlands on property encumbered by a federal wetlands easement, in violation of 16 U.S.C. § 668dd(c), (f)(2). The first violation—number W0900741—alleges Peterson drained wetlands 3, 5, and 8, subject to Walsh County Easement 124X-1-3, on the west 1/2 of
Section 15, Township 156N, Range 59W (“Section 15”). The second violation—number W0900742—alleges Peterson drained wetland 2, subject to Walsh County Easement 56X-2, on the north 1/2, southeast 1/4
of Section 16, Township 156N, Range 59W (“Section 16”). A magistrate
Appellate Case: 10-1577 Page: 1 Date Filed: 01/27/2011 Entry ID: 3749237
The Honorable Alice R. Senechal, United States Magistrate Judge for the
District of North Dakota.
The Honorable Ralph R. Erickson, Chief Judge, United States District Court
for the District of North Dakota.
The judge found Peterson guilty of both violations, United States v. Peterson, 2008 WL4922413 (D.N.D. Nov. 12, 2008), and sentenced him to 5 years’ probation and imposed a $10,000 fine and $1,500 in restitution. Peterson appealed to the district court, see Fed. R. Crim. P. 58(g)(2)(D), and the district court affirmed, United States v. Peterson, No. 2:08-mj-16, (D.N.D. Mar. 1, 2010).

On appeal to this court, Peterson challenges the sufficiency of the evidence solely for his conviction on violation number W0900741, the charge involving wetlands on Section 15. Because substantial
evidence supports Peterson’s conviction, we affirm.

In 1966, Peterson’s parents, Joe Peterson (“Joe”) and Emma Peterson
(“Emma”), conveyed a wetlands easement (“1966 easement”) to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) in exchange for $4,700.
As with many such easements negotiated by FWS before 1976, FWS utilized a standard wetland conveyance document that included the entire tract of land in its legal description. In this case, the 1966 easement purported to grant wetlands protection to FWS for the west 1/2 of Section 15 and for portions of six other sections of land. Although the 1966 easement refers to an attached map certified by the FWS Regional Director, no such map was ever located, if it did exist. However, included with the 1966 easement is an administrative easement summary that delineates the total “tract acreage” (1510.49 acres) and the “wetlands acreage” (314 acres) covered by the easement.

Notably, the easement summary did not delineate how the wetlands acreage was distributed among each of the seven sections.

Appellate Case: 10-1577 Page: 2 Date Filed: 01/27/2011 Entry ID: 3749237
The applicable statute provides that “[n]o person shall disturb, injure, cut,
burn, remove, destroy, or possess any real or personal property of the United States, including natural growth, in any area of the [National Wildlife Refuge] System.” 16 U.S.C. § 668dd(c).

Joe leased the farmland on the west 1/2 of Section 15 to Peterson beginning in 1954. In 1973, after a series of disagreements with Peterson regarding the easement’s coverage, FWS purported to “renegotiate” the 1966 easement with Peterson by having him execute, “for Joseph C. Peterson,” a hand-drawn map of Section 15 that delineated the wetlands on the section covered by the easement (“1973 map”).
Although Joe and Emma remained the owners of the land at the time, they did not sign the 1973 map, and they were not involved in its negotiation. Peterson inherited the west 1/2 of Section 15 in 1975. In 1999, and again in 2003, Peterson constructed ditches to drain water from
certain wetlands on Section 15.

As a result, Peterson was convicted of draining protected wetlands, in violation of 16 U.S.C. § 668dd(c), (f)(2). He was fined, sentenced to probation, and ordered to comply with a wetlands restoration program.
Peterson appealed to this court, and we affirmed.

See United States v. Peterson, 178 Fed. App’x 615, 616 (8th Cir. 2006) (unpublished per curiam) (“Peterson I”).

After the court-ordered restoration was completed in the fall of 2006, Peterson hired a contractor to remove the man-made earthen “plugs” installed during the restoration of wetlands 3, 5, and 8 on Section 15, resulting in more than an 87 percent reduction in water level. FWS issued a
violation notice, and the magistrate judge again convicted Peterson of violating of 16 U.S.C. § 668dd(c), (f)(2), for draining wetlands on property encumbered by a federal wetlands easement. The district court affirmed, and this appeal followed.

Appellate Case: 10-1577 Page: 3 Date Filed: 01/27/2011 Entry ID: 3749237


On appeal, Peterson claims the Government’s evidence was insufficient to prove that the drained wetlands on Section 15 existed at the time of the 1966
easement’s conveyance, that the drained wetlands are covered by the 1966 easement, and that Peterson had the requisite knowledge. He also argues that his actions amounted to a permissible clearing of natural waterways that had become overgrown and silted.

“In passing upon the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain an ultimate finding of guilt following a bench trial, we apply the same standard of review that is applied where a defendant has been found guilty by a jury; that is to say, the finding must be sustained if it is supported by substantial evidence.”
United States v. Erhart, 415 F.3d 965, 969 (8th Cir. 2005) (quoting United States v. Barletta, 565 F.2d 985, 991 (8thCir. 1977)). “On review, we will consider the evidence in the light most favorable to the guilty verdict.” Id.
To convict Peterson of the violation, “the United States must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that identifiable, covered wetlands (as existing at the time of the easement’s conveyance and described in the Easement Summary) were damaged and that the defendant knew that the parcel was subject to a federal easement.” United States v. Johansen, 93 F.3d 459, 467 (8th Cir. 1996) (emphasis and parenthesis in the original) (citing United States v. Vesterso, 828 F.2d 1234, 1244 (8th Cir. 1987)).

First, Peterson argues that the Government failed to show that the drained
wetlands existed at the time of the easement’s conveyance in 1966. We disagree. The Government introduced an aerial photograph of Section 15 taken in 1962, four years before the easement was conveyed. FWS wildlife biologist Mike Estey testified that the wetlands depicted in the 1962 aerial
photograph were of the same approximate size, shape, and location as the drained wetlands. Moreover, the wetlands depicted in the 1962 aerial photograph align closely with the wetlands depicted in the 1973 map.
After reviewing the record, we conclude that the photographic evidence, maps, and We look only to the 1966 easement and easement summary, and not to the 1973 map, to determine whether the drained wetlands were overed by the 1966 easement. Although the Government occasionally refers to the 1973 map as a “renegotiation” of the 1966 easement, it conceded that the 1973 map did not change the terms and scope the 1966 easement: “[
i]t . . . does not make any difference whether [Alvin] Peterson did or did not have the authority to sign the 1973renegotiated map. The easement was recorded in 1966 and the legal rights of the United States stem from the 1966 easement.” To be sure, the 1973 map is evidence that Peterson knew that his property was encumbered by an easement, but this does not influence our inquiry into whether the drained wetlands actually were covered by the 1966 easement.
Expert testimony taken together amount to substantial evidence that the drained wetlands on Section 15 existed at the time of the easement’s conveyance in 1966. Second, Peterson argues that the Government has failed to show that the specific wetlands he drained on Section 15 were covered by the 1966 easement. He asserts that the 1966 easement, which extends over the west 1/2 of Section 15 and six other sections of land, is “not specific
enough to provide adequate notice and a legal encumbrance on Alvin Peterson’s use of his land” because it lacks a contemporaneously-filed map or a section-by-section delineation of covered wetlands acreage. In the absence of a map or a section-by-section delineation of wetlands acreage, Peterson argues that the Government cannot prove which wetlands were
included in the 314-acre total and which wetlands may not have been covered by the easement. The Government argues that “[t]he [drained] wetlands were ‘now existing’in 1966, and therefore covered by the terms of the easement.”
The Government does “not need to legally describe the confines of each
covered wetland under the pre-1976 easements.” Johansen, 93 F.3dat 467. However,because “federal wetland easements are limited to the acreage provided in the Easement Summaries,” id. at 466, it is insufficient to show only that the drained wetlands were in existence at the time of the conveyance of the easement. Without the aid of a map filed with the asement
or some other method of identifying the -6- specific wetlands covered by the easement, however, the Government still can prevail by proving that the easement encumbers all wetlands on the tract that were in existence at the time of the conveyance. Implicit within Peterson’s argument, however, is the assertion that some wetlands acreage on the seven sections—including Section 15— was not covered by the 1966 easement. In contrast, the Government argues that the 1966 easement encumbers all wetlands existing in 1966 on the seven sections, including Section 15. The text of the 1966 easement supports the Government’s argument. The easement prohibits “draining or permitting the draining, through the transfer of appurtenant water rights or otherwise, of any surface water including lakes, ponds, marshes, sloughs, swales, swamps, or potholes, now existing or reoccurring
due to natural causes on the above-described tract” (emphasis added). When the 1966 easement is read together with the easement summary, it is clear that the 1966 easement covers all wetlands then existing on the seven sections—including Section 15—and that those wetlands total 314 acres, as described in the easement summary. The 1966 easement included an additional clause that could potentially exclude some wetlands: “Excepted are certain drainage ditches which the parties of the first part [Joe and Emma] may maintain and/or wetlands which are deleted from the provisions of this easement. The above exceptions are shown on a map certified by
the Regional Director at the time of acceptance.”

The magistrate judge, however, noted that no such map was submitted in evidence and found that the record lacked any evidence to indicate that this clause served to exclude any wetlands in existence in 1966. Peterson, 2008 WL 4922413, at 2. Moreover, before the magistrate judge, Peterson’s counsel characterized this provision as pertaining only to ditches, not wetlands: “it essentially says that if there are ditches or drainages that are maintained prior to 1966 they can continue being maintained.” Likewise,
Peterson does not argue in his briefs on appeal that this clause removed certain wetlands from the scope of the easement; his briefs mention this clause only within a discussion of Peterson’s -7- knowledge of the easement’s scope. Therefore, Peterson has “waived his argument . . . because the issue was not developed in his briefs as required.” Rotskoff
v. Cooley, 438 F.3d 852, 854 (8th Cir. 2006). Even if we were to overlook this waiver, we find no evidence in the record that refutes the magistrate judge’s conclusions that this clause did not exclude any wetlands from the 1966 easement and that all wetlands on the seven sections in existence in 1966 were encumbered by the 1966 easement. Therefore, because the rained wetlands were in existence at the time of the conveyance, and because the 1966 easement covers all wetlands that were in existence at the time of the conveyance, substantial evidence supports the district court’s conclusion that the wetlands Peterson drained on Section 15 were covered by the easement—despite the easement’s failure to include a contemporaneously-filed map or provide a section-by-section breakdown of the wetlands acreage. Third, Peterson argues that the Government failed to show that he knew the scope of the 1966 easement. Peterson overs states the degree of
knowledge required by our precedent: the Government need only prove that Peterson “knew that the parcel was subject to a federal easement.” Johansen
, 93 F.3d at 467. The 1973 map, signed by Peterson, clearly establishes that Peterson knew that Section 15 was subject to a federal easement. Even if
we were to look past the 1973 map, Peterson’s previous conviction nvolving the drainage of the very wetlands at issue in this prosecution provided sufficient notice that the parcel was subject to a federal easement. See
Peterson I, 178 Fed. App’x at 616. Accordingly, substantial evidence supports the conclusion that Peterson knew that Section 15 was subject to a federal easement. Finally, Peterson argues that his actions amounted only to a permissible clearing of natural waterways that had become overgrown and filled with silt. We disagree, as the record evidence demonstrates that Peterson’s work exceeded this description.

The contractor hired by Peterson did not merely clean out ditches or natural-8- waterways. At Peterson’s direction, the contractor removed the man-made earthen plugs—installed as restorative measures required by his previous conviction—and breached the basins of wetlands 3, 5, and 8, resulting in at least an 87 percent reduction in water level. Accordingly, Peterson’s argument is without merit.


For the foregoing reasons, we affirm Peterson’s conviction.

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The case of United States v. Reed is an interesting case. In an attempt to avoid federal laws as an independent American Indian nation, Mr. Reed became a member of an online tribal nation. Only problem is that this internet nation is not a recognized nation by the Federal Government. Mr. Reed then relied upon his believed sovereignty to threaten a federal court judge, convey the threat to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and then threaten jail members with the use of his 9 mm hand gun. Read below to find out more about this truth is stranger than fiction case, or call me at 651-200-3484

Federal District Court of North Dakota

Defendant was convicted of possession of a firearm by a fugitive and
asserted insufficient evidence to support “constructive possession”
verdict. He also challenged the court’s instruction defining “fugitive”.

Although not a Native American, the defendant used the internet to become a
member of the unrecognized Little Shell Nation Indian Tribe and then became
the self proclaimed tribal attorney general. He challenged a federal
court’s jurisdiction over fellow non-Native American tribal members by
leaving a threat to harm a federal court judge on the judge’s voice mail.
The defendant repeated this threat in a voice mail to the FBI.

In the meantime, a Nevada state court issued a capias warrant for the defendant’s
failure to appear for a non-related state prosecution. The FBI tracked him
to North Dakota where he was arrested on the capias warrant. While incarcerated,
the defendant had a jail visit and made a phone call, both taped, repeating
the threat and mentions his 9mm hand gun. When a fellow non-Native
American tribal member was prevented from seeing the defendant at the jail,
the defendant broadened his threats and defiantly yelled that he would
use his 9mm hand gun in the safe in his house. The subsequent search
warrant discovered a 9 mm. hand gun and personal venue in the defendant’s
safe in his home.

The court found the evidence was sufficient to find that Defendant was a fugitive from justice regarding the capias warrant from Nevada and that he possessed a firearm while a fugitive.

Judge: Police Violated Man’s Privacy During Arrest

A 26-year-old Eagan man had his case thrown out by a Judge after deciding that Rosemount Police Officer Jason Waage infringed on Derek Boykin’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Boykin obtained surveillance video to prove his point, that he targeted when he was arrested for drunk driving in December 2011.

He told Minneapolis station WCCO he was out with friends at a bar before getting in his car around 9 P.M. Boykin says he stopped at a Kwik Trip gas station to use the bathroom, when the officer pulled in behind him and followed him inside.

Officer Waage wrote in his police report that he simply wanted to talk to Boykin about his car’s dark window tint, and he felt that he was trying to evade him. The officer found him in the bathroom and took several looks under a stall and as this video uploaded on YouTube by Boykin shows, the officer eventually got a stool to look over the stall. The officer says he he heard Boykin on the phone saying, “He’s going to arrest me for DWI.”

Eventually, the video shows three officers walk Boykin out of the store, where he blew a 0.096 and was arrested for drunk driving. However, Dakota County District Judge Joseph T. Carter said before overhearing Boykin on the phone in the bathroom he had no evidence to prove he was driving drunk.

If you find yourself in trouble or in need of legal representation, remember you can call the Flanagan Law Office, in Hugo, Minnesota, to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation and to learn more about your rights.

Call: (651) 200-3484


Breaking: St. Paul Police Stopping Drug Testing at Crime Lab

According to WCCO St. Paul’s Police Chief Thomas Smith has suspended all drug testing at his own crime lab until a review has been completed of their procedures.

Smith told the CBS affiliate, “Of course, I know of the criticisms and shortcomings that have surfaced in the department’s crime lab regarding the testing of suspected controlled substances.”

The lab’s problems with its drug testing procedures surfaces this week after a well-known forensics expert testified in Dakota County court that the lab is doing “insufficient, unvalidated testing” by untrained analysts.

The lab’s biggest customers like the Minnesota State Patrol and Washington and Dakota counties have stopped using the facility.

Smith wrote a letter to St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman this week stating his plans to “explore additional technical expertise.”

Today, Smith announced he’d also replace crime lab head Sgt. Shay Shackle with Senior Cmdr. Colleen Luna who has more than a decade of experience working with the crime lab.

The chief also said he plans to have any pending and current cases involving narcotics retested.

The St. Paul Crime lab has a staff of eight, including two sergeants and two officers. They are also responsible for some testing on finger print identification and DNA collection; that work will continue.

City of Minneapolis Releases New App

The City of Minneapolis just unveiled some new technology to make it easier for you to notify officials about problems like potholes, graffiti, and broken street light with its new “Minneapolis 311” mobile application.

Residents can now report problems to the City by downloading the free app on their iPhone or Android without calling 311 or by visiting the City’s website. Ten service requests are now available on the app and more will be added very soon. You can currently report the following issues on the app:

  • Abandoned vehicle
  • Graffiti
  • Parking meters
  • Parking violations
  • Potholes
  • Traffic signal timing
  • Broken street light
  • Traffic sign repair
  • Traffic signal trouble

GPS will provide the location of the service you are requesting and you can upload a picture to add more detail to your request. The app also makes it easy to follow your request from start to finish. Service requests made via the app can be submitted 24/7 whether or not “311” is open or not.

The mobile app is available in the App Store or in the Android Market by searching “Minneapolis 311.”

People who use a Blackberry or Windows Phone devices can also report service requests directly to “Minneapolis 311” by visiting on their mobile browser.

Vikings Fullback Arrested on DWI Charge

Vikings fullback Jerome Felton is expected to appear at the Ridgedale Courthouse in Minnetonka on July 18, after he was arrested on a suspicion of driving while impaired charge. He was released from Hennepin County Jail on Saturday, June 2, on $12,000 bond.

Eden Prairie police booked Felton, 25, at 5:51 a.m. Saturday after responding to a call from a McDonald’s stating that a driver was intoxicated in the drive-thru lane. Felton refused to take a chemical test, which qualifies as a second-degree gross misdemeanor.

Jerome Jean-Marie Felton, Minnesota Vikings FB. (Courtesy: Hennepin County Sheriff)

Felton was signed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Vikings in March. A fifth-round draft pick by Detroit in 2008, Felton is looking to find a consistent role in the NFL after part-time stints with Carolina and Indianapolis in 2011. The Lions released him last August.

Felton is the third Vikings player in the past 10 months to be arrested for DWI. Quarterback Rhett Bomar was arrested in August, followed by safety Tyrell Johnson in September. Johnson signed with Miami as a free agent this offseason, and Bomar was released during training camp.

According to an “NFL arrests database” compiled by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Vikings players have accounted for five of the 32 arrests or citations around the league since August.

The Vikings have had eight arrests since January 2011, including two apiece from cornerback Chris Cook (brandishing a firearm in March 2011, felony domestic battery in October) and defensive end Everson Griffen (public intoxication, felony battery of a police officer — both in January 2011).

Cook was acquitted on both counts, and Griffen pleaded guilty to the charges in December and received probation.

In December, cornerback Benny Sapp was cited for misdemeanor assault and careless driving — but was not arrested — after allegedly chest-bumping a security guard at a hospital. Sapp is a free agent.

In April, running back Caleb King was arrested on felony assault charges after allegedly causing severe head trauma to a victim outside of a party. King was released by the team.