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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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1.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

586 days ago
2.

kaz    

who cares? pretty much everyone has drank and drove at least once before...

586 days ago
3.

tver    

So sorry to hear that. She is definitely under a lot of stress with the finances and breakup...Phillip please help your family a little!

586 days ago
4.

LCS27    

Why is this news? Idol isn't relevant anymore, much less mothers of Idols

586 days ago
5.

whateveryou    

What about naming her son Phillip Phillips? Has she ever been in trouble for that? :P

586 days ago
6.

Jordan    

DUI are no big deal, we all know the punishment She will have to go to Alcohol classes pay a fine community service and probation.

586 days ago
7.

Norm    

You should take this down does not belong here it his mom and nothing he has control on

586 days ago
8.

CLINT    

Alright now, this is stretching a bit for a story. What next, his sister farted? His dog crapped? Come on TMZ I know there is a penis story you all should be working on.

586 days ago
9.

lillybug    

Im from the same town as Phillip, and the story about him refusing to help his family is complete bull****! Perhaps its the lies in the media that have torn this family apart and drove his poor mother to drink! Im pretty sure I Know the ******* who sent this story in too , hes so screwed up, he needs just as much prayer as this family does!

586 days ago
10.

EasilyHard    

Someone likes her pinot

586 days ago
11.

Maverick    

This is news?

Some loser's mother drove drink?

Oh, right . . . it's TMZ.

586 days ago
12.

OH NO!    

Damn, genetics are a BITCH!

586 days ago
13.

Nancy    

Yikes, looking a little shanty there.

586 days ago
14.

Boldface    

I know it's a slow news day, but this is just non-informamtions. Who Cares. Really guys, please clean up your act. I love TMZ, but this page is really turning into the bottom of the barrel.

586 days ago
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HARRY NIPPLES    

He didn't "refuse to help." It is out of P2's control.

586 days ago
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