Oddly enough, it was just a few days ago that another ATL media personality retired after being arrested for driving the wrong way and DUI last year.
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Duncan, a former V-103 radio personality who made the transition from radio to television. Currently works as WXIA 11 Alive’s morning traffic reporter and also moonlights as an Atlanta Hawks sideline reporter.
AJC reporter Rodney Ho obtained the police report which stated Elle was observed driving a silver Mercedes at a “high rate of speed” while traveling southbound on Piedmont Road. She is rumored to have been partying earlier that evening at the Buckhead Bottle Bar.
According to the written report of the arresting officer, Duncan’s 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 offfcer 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.
There were no injuries involved, but Duncan was not on air this morning. The station issued a statement saying they “will be giving Elle the time she needs to deal with this personal incident.”
Elle released the following statement regarding the incident:
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.
As much clubbin’ as Elle has done in the past, I’m really mad that she didn’t have a designated driver. *sigh* But we all make mistakes and hopefully she makes her way out of this situation with her career in tact.
I’m rooting for you Elle!