NORCROSS — Less than five hours after sealing his team's victory over the visiting Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was in the Gwinnett County jail on DUI charges.
Jail records show Turner, 30, was arrested by Gwinnett County police just after 5 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence and speeding. He was released at about 7 a.m. on $2,179 bond.
According to Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter, a member of the department's DUI task force observed Turner's black Audi R8 traveling north on Interstate 85 near Indian Trail Road "at a high rate of speed." That speed was reported as 97 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone.
The traffic stop was initiated just after 4 a.m. and just south of Steve Reynolds Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross, police said.
"The officer made contact with the driver," Ritter said, "who identified himself as 30-year-old Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons."
The officer could "smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation," Ritter said. The officer found probable cause to arrest Turner.
Turner, a Falcon since 2008, lives in Suwanee.
Earlier in the evening, Turner's late first-down run clinched the Falcons' 27-21 victory over the Broncos on Monday Night Football.
The Falcons released a statement Tuesday morning.
"We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information," the statement said. "Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time."