Falcons running back Turner charged with DUI

Just hours after helping his team beat the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, Falcons running back Michael Turner was in the Gwinnett County Jail, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

Turner, 30, of Suwanee, was booked into the jail just after 5 a.m., and was released about two hours later on $2,179 bond, according to jail records.

Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said a DUI Task Force officer stopped Turner’s Audi R8 sports car for going 97 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-85 northbound near Indian Trail Road just after 4 a.m.

“The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation,” Ritter said in an e-mail. “During the course of the investigation, the officer developed probable cause to charge Mr. Turner with DUI and speeding.”

The Falcons released the following statement late Tuesday morning: “We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”

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Turner, who played college ball at Northern Illinois, played for the San Diego Chargers from 2004 through 2007, and joined the Falcons in 2008.

In Monday night’s game, Turner scored his 51st touchdown as a Falcon, setting a franchise record.

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