Former Vikings wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes was arrested after driving the wrong way on a highway this week -- and police say he was still trying to puff on a crack pipe when an officer approached his car. Rhymes, 42, played for Minnesota from 1985 to 1987.

The Minnesota State Patrol arrested Rhymes late Wednesday after an officer forced his car off of U.S. 52 to avoid a head-on collision with oncoming traffic. He was jailed early Thursday on suspicion of possession of cocaine, drunken driving and fleeing a police officer.

A concerned driver called police around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to report seeing a car driving erratically, with a flat tire, that hit a construction barrel. When a trooper caught up with the car, it was headed the wrong way on the highway, Patrol Capt. Jay Swanson said.

Swanson said the trooper saw Rhymes trying to take a hit off a crack pipe as he approached the car. The criminal complaint filed yesterday said that when the trooper asked Rhymes why he didn't stop, the former athlete said, "I was out of my mind."

Dakota County prosecutors charged Rhymes with several crimes, the most serious being possession of cocaine and fleeing a police officer.

-- Associated Press