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Man given an unusual ticket after leaving McDonald’s drive-thru

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. – It’s something thousands of people do every day around the country.

However, a man from Alabama says taking a bite out of a burger is what got him in trouble with the law.

Madison Turner says he stopped by a McDonald’s drive-thru on the way to a friend’s house.

He ordered a quarter-pounder with cheese and continued on his way.

A short time later, he was pulled over by a police officer.

“Officer explained to me that he had observed me eating a burger for about two miles,” Turner said.

According to the ticket, the officer wrote Turner up under the distracted driving law.

“He said, specifically, three times, ‘You can’t just drive down the road eating a hamburger,” he said.

Under the remarks, the officer wrote, “Eating while driving.”

“Even though I was not exceeding the speed limit or driving erratically,” Turner said.

“If this was the law, I’d have to hire more attorneys because everybody does it, including me,” said William Head, an attorney.

Head, who is a traffic and DUI attorney, is not representing Turner, but says this is a first.

“There was no accident here, so the fact that this man was charged with eating and driving is a first for me,” Head said.

Turner says he is going to court to fight the fine.

“I didn’t expect to be fined or punished,” he said.

The Cobb County Police Department said it couldn’t comment on the ticket since the case is ongoing.

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