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Tennessee Titans player Barden arrested on DUI charge

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 5:10 PM
Last updated Friday, March 1, 2013 4:27 AM
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Tennessee Titans tight end Brandon Barden was arrested on DUI charges Saturday in Lincoln County.

Barden, a 23-year-old Lincolnton native, was arrested after a single-car accident on Georgia Highway 220 around 4:30 a.m.

Barden was traveling east when he lost control of a 2008 GMC Sierra and hit a ditch drain, flipping the vehicle one and a half times, according to the accident report. The officer reported he could smell a strong odor of alcohol and asked if we would do field sobriety testing, which Barden refused, according to the report.

Barden also refused state chemical testing both roadside and at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane, and was booked into the Lincoln County jail. He has since been released on bond.

Barden, along with two passengers, refused medical treatment.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/28/13 - 06:54 pm
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He doesn't look drunk.

He doesn't look drunk.

jackrussell
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jackrussell 02/28/13 - 07:35 pm
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Well, what does drunk look

Well, what does drunk look like? There are various levels of impairment. Just because one is not falling down, squinting drunk does not mean one is safe to drive.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/28/13 - 07:39 pm
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The
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professional teams must teach you how to obstruct justice. Or is it a course given at the college level?

paladin5
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paladin5 02/28/13 - 08:32 pm
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"TIGHT" END

If you think you are Not Drunk as many Drunk Drivers do, then taking the Tests should not be a problem. If his passengers had been seriously injured or killed, I wonder if he would have accepted the responsibility of accident while DUI.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 02/28/13 - 08:49 pm
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Obviously he didn't pay attention...

to what happened to the Dallas Cowboys player...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/01/13 - 06:44 am
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Sing it Willie......
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My heroes have always been drunkards,
And many still are today;
One step in front of,
And two steps in back of,
I really can't walk this a way;

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/01/13 - 07:52 am
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Not taking up for drunk driving

I am most certainly not taking up for drunk driving, but I am making an observation that he doesn't appear to be intoxicated. Maybe he should HAVE taken the test. We had a state representative who appeared drunk in his mug shot, yet was not convicted of DUI if you remember. Let's see how this turns out in court.

boodroe
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boodroe 03/01/13 - 08:58 am
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Doesn't Appear Drunk

When you have a car wreck the limit for intoxication is lower than .08 I believe and you could be not legaly drunk but because of the accident be determined being under the influence

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/01/13 - 09:28 am
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Boodroe, sure less than .08

Boodroe, sure less than .08 CAN be used to charge someone who demonstrates bad driving for some reason. But try proving that in court. Exactly where do you draw the line? Apparently you can get a low level of alcohol in your blood even if not drinking. Someone at a sobriety checkpoint can't be charged if he is .079. Again, I really wish he would have taken the test because he looks sober. The court in his home of Lincoln County can sort this out.

boodroe
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boodroe 03/01/13 - 04:41 pm
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Drunk driving

Well Riverman if you crash your car and have any alcohol in your system they allow the officer to decide if you get charged with dui or if you refuse a sobriety test they will suspend your liscence indefinitly

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/01/13 - 05:34 pm
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Boodroe

Boodroe, I don't know who THEY is, but charging and the DA bringing it to trial are two different things. In addition, I don't believe all law enforcement agencies have such a policy. You mean to tell me if a motorist has had one beer and is in an accident caused by another motorist or some unforeseen event such as a deer that he will be charged with DUI? I don't think so.

One last point, if you are convicted and refused a breathalyzer you can only lose your license for UP TO A YEAR. Not indefinitely.

All said and done, I believe it's best to take the breathalyzer because it is NOT the one the officer gives you that counts. It's the official one done at the police station. Sober as Barden looks, I believe he should have taken it. There is also a big potential loophole if he was not advised of the consequences of not taking the breathalyzer.

boodroe
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boodroe 03/01/13 - 07:04 pm
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Dui charging

Well it all depends on age of the person as well if you are under 21 there is a zero tolerance and if A police determines alcohol caused the accident even if you are not legaly drunk you can be charged with a dui the DA or grand jury might not prosecute for the dui though in the case of a legal adult who can drink alcohol

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