Another Atlanta Anchor Busted for DUI

What is up with the on air talent in Atlanta?


Last week we told you that WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis announced she was "retiring" from the station. That news came following her arrest for DUI back in Novemner of last year.

Now word comes that WXIA Traffic Reporter Elle Duncan was arrested on a DUI charge early Sunday morning.

The Georgia State Patrol says that at 1:47 a.m. Sunday, April 28, the arresting officer S. Collins observed a silver Mercedes driving at a "high rate of speed" southbound on Piedmont Road, according to the written report. The vehicle "passed me and began weaving in and out of traffic in a reckless manner. I caught up near to the Mercedes near the intersection of Main Street and observed the driver narrowly miss striking another vehicle."

He pulled her over. She was unable to find her license but she identified herself as Lauren Duncan, he wrote. (Lauren is Elle's real name.)

The offficer wrote that Duncan's "eye condition" was "watery" and "bloodshot," her behavior "polite" and "talkative "and her general appearance "nothing unusual." He also said she had "an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth." She told him first she had drunk one beer prior to driving. He asked Duncan to take field sobriety tests and she consented.

He placed her under arrest for DUI and reckless driving and requested a breathalyzer test.

She took the test. The results read a .099., above the legal limit of 0.8.

While in the back seat of his patrol car, Duncan apologized for not being honest about her alcohol consumption. She told the officer she also drank hard liquor as well as beer prior to the encounter.

The station has suspended her or as they like to put it "will be giving Elle the time she needs to deal with this personal incident."

Duncan released a statement after the arrest:

"I am greatly embarrassed for my actions early Sunday morning. I have been reminded -- in a very difficult way - that any amount of alcohol can impair us. I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, our community, and my 11Alive family."

H/T Atlanta Journal Constitution