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'American Idol' Winner

Phillip Phillips' Mother

Popped for DUI

2/14/2013 1:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sheryl Phillips mug shotPhillip Phillips' mother Sheryl Phillips -- who appeared on several episodes of "American Idol" during Phillip's championship run last season -- was arrested for DUI earlier today, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement officials tell us, an undercover unit observed Sheryl swerving her van across lanes of traffic in Albany, Georgia -- and pulled her over.

We're told ... based on what officers observed after the stop ... they had reason to believe Sheryl was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

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According to law enforcement, officers administered a field sobriety test and Sheryl was unable to complete it.

Cops took her into custody and transferred her to a nearby hospital, where doctors decided she was well enough to go to jail. She's currently being booked in Dougherty County.

A source close to the family tells us, Phillip's parents split up last week.

Phillip has famously had a strained relationship with his family, refusing to help financially after their pawn shop went out of business.

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Thanks to the Albany Herald for the arrest pic.

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16.

Madison Karr    

I have been an avid TMZ fan/ watcher/ commenter/ etc for as long as I can remember. Phillip not wanting to help his family is COMPLETE BULL**** LIE.

absolutely ridiculous accusation and I am disgusted by yall for posting it.

614 days ago
17.

dathan    

She was guzzling.......Mad Dog......20/20.......and shots of Tequila....!!!!!!

614 days ago
18.

tleeg    

Hey Phillip..thanks for not helping your family out when they needed it....a$$hole..

614 days ago
19.

jprieboy    

When the cop got her to the jail, he said,
"I'm gonna make this place your home" na na na - na nana na!

614 days ago
20.

jprieboy    

When the cop got her to the jail, he said,
"I'm gonna make this place your home" na na na - na nana na!

614 days ago
21.

jprieboy    

When the cop got her to the jail, he said,
"I'm gonna make this place your home" na na na - na nana na!

614 days ago
22.

Leonard Pollack    

DUI's are ridiculous. It's just a reason for states to make money. They cost a fortune and keep attorneys wealthy. We all have Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to thank for this .

614 days ago
23.

Phil    

must be a slow day for the paparrazi

614 days ago
24.

gbtw    

sad. this guy coulter from the community sounds like a real douche for trying to spill info for a couple bucks. if i ever were good enough at anything to become famous, i can just imagine what some of the coulter-types from my small town would be trying to sell on me! yah, being a celebrity... not so great, in some respects! sounds like mom was pretty lit during daylight hours... hope she's not a drunk... sad...

614 days ago
25.

Wow ...    

There it is there people. The reason why Philip has not bailed his parents out. He shouldn't. He would only be enabling their issues.

614 days ago
26.

jeff    

THIS IS THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS!!!

614 days ago
27.

Majestik    

How old is his mother? My mom is 69 and doesn't look like that even on an incredibly bad day!

614 days ago
28.

Max Smart    

It's not really fair to report this on a celebrity gossip site - she's just someone's mother. She's not a celebrity. DUI's are bad times though.

614 days ago
29.

Jacko    

LMAO. Dumb bitch

614 days ago
30.

Mrugowsky    

If only American Idol were half as interesting as this old drunk squaw.

614 days ago
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