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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.

119 COMMENTS

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46.

Lina    

What is the purpose of dragging this young man's family out in public? This isn't news, it's just plain a way to bully an innocent young man who just happens to be related to this woman. How sad you are to drag their family through the mud for your own gratification.

531 days ago
47.

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 .

531 days ago
48.

dottieb     

so sad. I live very close to this family. This should not be in the national news.

531 days ago
49.

nicholasstarling9@gmail.com    

OMG I just took a dump, Details at 11 p.m.

531 days ago
50.

jeana     

She looks like she is heavy drinker.

531 days ago
51.

dathan    

She looks constipated, no wonder she. drinks.....

531 days ago
52.

Viper652    

She has to be at least 85 years old

531 days ago
53.

Sesil    

This will not ruin him because he's a great singer. No one knows his business and I'm sure there is a very good reason why he is not helping his families pawn shop.

531 days ago
54.

Sesil    

I'm sure this will not ruin his career because he is a great singer. There must be a very good reason why he is not helping his families pawn shop. Sad for his mother.

531 days ago
55.

Valentina1    

Get it together parents. STOP FAILING YOUR CHILDREN.

531 days ago
56.

Gayle    

Sad story. Perhaps that's why his facial expressions are so twisted when he sings knowing no happiness in his life.

531 days ago
57.

Oppsy    

Why is this news

531 days ago
58.

KPCATZ    

He sucks! He can't sing. His face is so tore up when he trys to sing I thinkk he's giving birth to a giant turd. I wish I never had to hear , see or read about him ever again.

531 days ago
59.

Knownbutunknown     

SO... And

531 days ago
60.

Piper    

According to her mug shot she is 6'3"? So the cop walking with her must be 8 feet tall? Such baloney!!

531 days ago
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