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Mizzou DL busted with beer in car

Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:54 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

You should never drink and drive.  Seriously, it's just not smart.  You could end up hurting yourself or anybody who happens to come across your hazy path.  Of course, I know that saying that isn't going to stop people from driving drunk because let's face it, when we're drunk, we make dumb decisions.

So if you are going to drive drunk, here's a little bit of advice.  If you end up getting pulled over by the police, try not to have an open beer in your car with you.  It just looks bad.

Missouri defensive lineman Jimmy Burge was cited for drinking a beer while driving Saturday night in Columbia. Burge, 21, the Tigers’ top reserve defensive tackle, was pulled over by Columbia police at 11:45 p.m. after he made an illegal left turn from Clark Lane to Paris Road. He appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, according to the police report.

An open cold beer was found in his truck, and according to the report, Burge did not perform well when administered a field sobriety test. There were no passengers in his truck.

Was the beer at least wearing a seat belt?

Burge was taken to the Columbia Police Department where he took a blood-alcohol content test and was actually found to be below the legal limit.  So instead of getting a DUI Burge was charged for two misdemeanors: drinking intoxicants while driving and making an illegal turn.  It doesn't seem he'll be so lucky with his head coach, Gary Pinkel, though. 

While the team hasn't announced any disciplinary actions resulting from Burge's arrest, he is the team's backup defensive tackle, but as of Monday morning he does not appear on the team's depth chart for this week.
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