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Idol winner Phillip Phillips' mother charged with DUI

Sheryl Jean Phillips is led to a squad car by Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Officer Paul Guhl Thursday.

Sheryl Jean Phillips is led to a squad car by Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Officer Paul Guhl Thursday.

ALBANY — The mother of former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has been charged with DUI, officials say.

Cheryl Jean Phillips is being booked at the Dougherty County Jail on charges of DUI less safe after a traffic stop around 1 p.m. Thursday on Davis Street in Albany. The stop, conducted by the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, was initiated after Phillips was reportedly seen weaving on the roadway, Maj. Bill Berry says.

"The driver was all over the road, so my officer pulled her over," Berry said. "She was taken to the hospital for a blood test and has been charged with DUI-Less Safe."

Berry told WFXL-TV that Phillips was observed striking a curb by officers. Once pulled over, she was reportedly given a field-sobriety test which officers contend she did not complete before being taken to Phoebe.

Depending on the results of the blood test, Berry says the charges, which also include failure to maintain lane, could be revisited.

Berry said that DUI less safe is generally charged when a person isn't believed to be under the influence of alcohol but could be under the influence of another substance.

"They didn't smell or detect any alcohol on her person, but she couldn't complete the field sobriety test so our guys charged her with less safe since she was under the influence of something," Berry said.

The results of the blood test could take weeks to come back before they'll know what was in Phillips' blood stream, Berry said.