Georgia Man Ticketed for Eating a McDonald’s Double Quarter-Pounder While Driving

Madison Turner had been eating the cheeseburger “for about two miles” before he was pulled over

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"You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger,” Turner was told. 

Alabama resident Madison Turner was the recipient of an “eating while driving” ticket from a Georgia police officer who may have been feeling the pangs of an empty and jealous stomach (though we’re just speculating).

Turner told Atlanta’s WSB-TV that it was a McDonald’s Double Quarter-Pounder that got him in trouble, and was told by the officer, "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger."

The officer had apparently been tailing Turner for long enough to note that he had been eating the McDonald’s cheeseburger “for about two miles,” reports The Associated Press.

"Maybe I was enjoying the burger too much; I needed to tone it down. I was certainly willing to do so, but I didn't expect to be fined or punished," Turner told WSB-TV.

William Head, a traffic lawyer who is not representing Turner, told The Associated Press that the case was unlike any he’d ever seen.

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"Maybe if you had a giant pizza in both hands and you weren't holding the wheel, or maybe if you had a watermelon — half watermelon — and you were just diving into it holding it with both hands, maybe that would be something," said Head.