MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A judge says former Minnesota Vikings star Carl Eller must serve 60 days in the county workhouse for assaulting a police officer.
Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mabley sentenced the NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman Monday in connection with an incident last April in which the 6-foot-6-inch, 270-pound Eller manhandled police officers who had followed him to his home after he sped through a stop sign on Minneapolis' North Side and ignored their demands to pull over, The Star Tribune newspaper reported in Minneapolis.
Mabley dismissed pleas to allow Eller, 67, to preserve his dignity by sentencing him to supervised probation as requested by Hennepin County prosecutors. Instead, the judge sentenced Eller to at least two months in the workhouse out of a four-month sentence on a fourth-degree assault charge involving a police officer.
He also drew a concurrent two-month sentence for refusing to take an alcohol test.
The judge noted Eller had used media interviews to call the court and police corrupt, racist and biased, saying, "I have to send a message that I do not find credible what he has asserted. The best way I can to that is to take him into custody," The Star Tribune reported.