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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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31.

Adam    

Fame and Money - screws everyone up!

563 days ago
32.

dathan    

LMFAO

563 days ago
33.

Mason     

Rough...

562 days ago
34.

believer    

This is in such bad taste! Just because someone is related to a celebrity doesn't mean you have to report about their private life. Let's dig up some stuff on your family Harvey and post that. I bet you wouldn't like it and it would never make the site.

562 days ago
35.

Just_Me    

Damn that woman is hideous!

562 days ago
36.

tenley    

TMZ hates Phillip Phillips, keeps reporting that he let the business go bankrupt. All throughout the season on American Idol the show showed the parents trying to sell the business, the shop with a big FOR SALE sign on it long before he won.

562 days ago
37.

soccermom31763    

This is an unfortunate event that happened. The lady of a "famous" person chose to drive under the influence of alcohol and was caught. Families of "famous" people are under the microscope just as much as the "celebrity". All of this leave her alone, she's just the mom and stuff isn't going to happen. Why shouldn't Phillip help his parents save their business? He's their child. If you can't turn to your family to help you in tough times, who do you turn to? Phillip has become a millionaire or close to it thanks to American Idol and his recording contract. Not to mention the advertising royalties he is making. You can't turn on the TV or radio and not here "Home" in some commercial. His parents helped him get to American Idol. Used their wages and retirement to support him flying across the country, missing time at their jobs and even leaving a job. Get real people. Celebrities, and Phillip is one, are on the forefront of social media.

562 days ago
38.

Kelly    

Why is her face melting????

562 days ago
39.

firebaby    

hmm.... tmz... celebrity gossip news site...

*looks around for the celebrity in this article*


...................

562 days ago
40.

Bagheera    

Well now we know why the pawn shop went out of business. It wasn't because Philip wouldn't send them money, it is because mommy spent all the income on booze!

562 days ago
41.

dec301999    

Its refreshing to see that the ADDU Officers will enforce the law impartially regardless of an individials fame or affiliation! Just because your last name is Phillips does not give you the right to place me or my family in jeopardy and expect special treatment..,

562 days ago
42.

dathan    

All the Beer

562 days ago
43.

gran    

Could this possibly be the reason why Phillip didn't help them? Didn't want his winnings spent on booze? We never know what really goes on in families.

562 days ago
44.

gran    

Could this possibly be the reason why Phillip didn't help them? Didn't want his winnings spent on booze? We never know what really goes on in families.

562 days ago
45.

Nafus    

Who cares? Biggest Piece of **** Reporting ever. Leave this woman alone. Not like she's embarrassed enough. Just because her son is on AI you want to post this. You guys are bigger losers that I thought. Just so you can embarrass someone? Congrats.

562 days ago
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