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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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61.

sky    

Parents are important no matter what they say. Hopefully, Phillip Phillip will join with parents and keep their family business. Too individual American and too capitalsim brake up to family. It is say that is why America is getting mass with family. Childeren should be understand with parents how much they will take care of the child to be success unconditionally. Any family has bad and good situations, but family cannot brake up with kids, it should be tie between sad and happy. He should be understood family relationship with parents.

554 days ago
62.

latestdiets.net    

the son turned her in for naming him Phillip Phillips.

554 days ago
63.

Bobbi    

Hang in there phillip. Pulling for you. Only way to go is up from what you have traveled so far.

554 days ago
64.

SheisHot    

Phillip Phillips' is an enormous a-hole who cares about no one but himself. He has left his family in total ruin!

554 days ago
65.

Miz Val    

Shame to have to drag Phillip Phillips name through the mud just because his mother can't control herself .Hasn't he been through enough with these folks ?Some things TMZ should just leave alone

554 days ago
66.

Bobbi    

Hang in there Phillip! You have traveled a long, hard road. You can only go up. Pulling for you.

554 days ago
67.

Isaiah    

The Alnbany Herald of Albany, Ga where she was arrested cstated she was stopped for DUI less safe which means she was tested for alcohol and it was for something other than alcohol. The results are not in so it may be for prescription drugs.You people should wait on the facts. As a former policeman I know DUI does not always include alcohol.( By the way, I donot know this family and have never met them. Just wanted to give them the benefit of a doubt)

554 days ago
68.

Joe    

Get a life .Slow day for news obviously!Wonder who took a dump today ?

554 days ago
69.

Sapphiegirl    

must be a slow news day when TMZ has nothing better to report than some 15 minutes of fame dude's mommy gets busted for DUI!

554 days ago
70.

Donna S    

I dont know his reasoning But think It's pretty shallow! His own parents? common kid, at least help your mom out!

554 days ago
71.

Dave    

I don't know what people think Philip should do for the family. During Idol (before he won) they show'd the pawn shop and it was clearly failing and for sale then.
How that becomes his responsibility is beyond me.

554 days ago
72.

Dot    

He's not responsible for her choices - she is. Do the crime - do the punishment and your family suffers along with you. This will cost her a lot of money also.

553 days ago
73.

feelyourboobies    

WHO?

553 days ago
74.

c    

Well that explains a lot. Only an alcoholic druggie would name their poor kid Phillip Phillips. Do they really wonder why he wants nothing to do with them?

550 days ago
75.

wonder why    

Phillip Phillips is not the one arrested. We all have dirt in our family does not mean it is on Phillip.

540 days ago
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