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Falcons Turner charged with DUI in Gwinnett

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

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."

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JCJB 1 year, 7 months ago

Excessive celebration penalty

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 7 months ago

Given the sad state of officiating with the replacement refs, I'm sure that Excessive Celebration penatly will be either ignored or marked off to some odd number, like the 11-yard defensive holding penalty last night.

Joking aside, c'mon man! You gotta be smarter than that.

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Coolray 1 year, 7 months ago

He seemed impaired during the game

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kevin 1 year, 7 months ago

Typical actions by a Falcon. And the State is trying to sell us a new stadium for a team without a SB win yet. They must be kidding. 2-0 doesn't warrant such money spent on football when people are out of work and losing homes. By the way, was he also checked for drug use or did the cops take it easy on him? Haven't heard a word form his coach. Why hasn't he been fined or suspended for such action? Is he this favored by the coaches?

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 6 months ago

Did the Falcons beat you up as a kid? Your post seems rather vindictive. I don't like what he did; frankly it was stupid. But it's not like the individual Falcon players have been out on crime sprees over teh last few years. Each team has a few bad eggs, but it's far from typical. I don't recall hearing of Turner being in any other kind of trouble in his time with Atlanta. But i'm sure you're right. He's probably just a terrible person who was also in possession of drugs, guns, and laundered money. I bet if we went to Turner's house, we'd find evidence of dog-fighting and drug-running. [/sarcasm]

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

yet nothing has been written to say that he has paid for his stupidity. Why do pros seem to get away with anything they care to do? The media may have killed any bad news story about Turner in the past. You might be surprised what you find at his house. Why wasn't he fined? He shouldn't just get of scott-free. We are really sending a great message to kids.

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DallasCapone 1 year, 6 months ago

He's human. No matter how rich you are, how much fame you have or the material things you poses, you still make stupid mistakes, costly decisions and effect everyone around you. The football game has nothing to do with the decision he chose to make. Just like a corporate employee getting off of work getting a drink and then drive home. He stupid and so is Michael Turner. I am so glad others on the highway that morning wasn't hurt and I hope he learns his lesson. Don't drink and drive. Must we go back to elementary?

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citized 1 year, 6 months ago

Watch what happens when Arthur gets new stadium,doesn't like deal, and takes the team to another city. Who will be responsible for the new building????hummmmmm

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dudley4141 1 year, 6 months ago

He need to be suspended for three games and the money he will loose from it should be directed to MADD. Did you hear what they did to the Toronta Blue Jay player? He lost $82k and suspended for three games.

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Sandykin 1 year, 6 months ago

He was stopped at 4am and bailed out of jail by 7am?! Since when does the justice system process arrestees that fast? Fame certainly does have it's privileges huh? He must of sat in jail for all of 2 seconds.

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Kat 1 year, 6 months ago

The speed at which an arrested person is processed can depend on many factors, the main one being how many are coming in the back door. If you look at the sheriif's website, there was one person booked in at 3am and then him at around 5am . There was another two hour lapse before the next arrestee came in. He was also cooperative ( as evidenced by the video the local news stations are showing). I doubt his fame had anything to do with his speedy processing. At age 30 he should have shown better judgement. Even with a pricey lawyer he will still get the same fines, license suspension and mandatory classes that anyone else would.

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you for showing common sense. Turner was arrested and then complied with law enforcement. He knew he was in the wrong and seemingly was not beligerent about it. I've not heard that he tried to use his celebrity-status to get out of it. If he did, then my opinion will change. But until then...

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

You Turner supporters really don't get it. Where is the justice? Yes, we all make stupid mistakes. One of them is not going to see women on poles and getting drunk like a big shot. So you agree it is ok to just let him go free with no consequence? I'd hate to see how you brought up your kids?

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