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Former Falcons player pulled over for speeding, charged with DUI

| Oct 1, 2012 | License Suspension |

Over the weekend, a former Atlanta Falcons player was arrested and charged with DUI. Just a couple of weeks ago, a current player for the Falcons was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Georgia.

According to reports, former NFL player Ray Buchanan, also known as “Big Play Ray,” was arrested Saturday morning. It was his 41st birthday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Buchanan’s arrest was very similar to Michael Turner’s arrest. Turner, who is a running back for the Falcons, was arrested just a few weeks ago for DUI. According to reports, Buchanan was pulled over by police after he was allegedly caught speeding. Turner and Buchanan were both caught speeding on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County when they were arrested. Police said that Buchanan was traveling 95 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.

Buchanan was pulled over around 3 a.m. In addition to speeding, police said that the former NFL player was changing lanes on the road without using his turn signal. While Buchanan was speaking with an officer during the traffic stop, Buchanan allegedly told the officer that he had consumed one alcoholic beverage prior to driving.

However, the officer claimed that the odor of alcohol was detected when he was speaking with the former Falcons player. Believing that Buchanan had consumed more than one alcoholic beverage and was intoxicated, the officer arrested the former NFL player.

A breath test was later administered when Buchanan was in police custody. The test results revealed that Buchanan was above the legal limit of 0.08. Buchanan now faces a six-month driver’s license suspension and other legal consequences as a result of the DUI arrest. If Buchanan had refused the breath test, he would have faced a driver’s license suspension of up to one year.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Former Falcon Ray Buchanan charge with DUI,” Alexis Stevens, Oct. 1, 2012

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