Originally created 04/02/04

Vikings defensive end Mixon sentenced for drunken driving



MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon was sentenced to 30 days in the county workhouse and 60 days of home monitoring Thursday after being convicted of drunken driving last month.

Paul Baertschi, a private lawyer who prosecuted the case for the small suburban city of Deephaven, said Mixon will wear a bracelet with a transmitter so authorities can track his movements under the monitoring program. Also, three times a day he will exhale into a machine that can detect alcohol.

He also was sentenced to 216 hours of community service, which would be served through his development of a football camp for inner-city children.

Finally, Mixon was ordered to pay $3,100 to a panel that educates the public about the dangers of drunken driving.

Police said Mixon had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent when he was stopped early in the morning of Nov. 18. It was his third arrest for drunken driving in 16 months. The latest conviction could lead to a four-game NFL suspension.

Vikings spokesman Bob Hagen said the team had no comment.