Report: Falcons' Turner was drinking at strip club prior to DUI arrest

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner reportedly registered a 0.109 on a breathalyzer test during his DUI arrest early Tuesday, telling police he was at a strip club drinking before speeding down Interstate 85.

Turner, who just a few hours earlier was helping the Falcons claim a victory on Monday Night Football, was stopped near Indian Trail Road in Norcross at about 4 a.m. Tuesday and charged with DUI and speeding. According to an incident report obtained Wednesday, the 30-year-old Suwanee resident was "shocked" he had been clocked driving as fast as 97 miles per hour in his Audi R8 sports car.

Once pulled over, Turner told the responding officer -- who reported a "faint odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the vehicle" -- that he did not feel like he was "going that fast" and that he had not been drinking.

The officer noted "slightly bloodshot, watery, glazed eyes" and asked Turner to exit the vehicle.

"His exit from the vehicle appeared normal and he did it without any difficulty," the officer wrote. Asked again if he had been drinking, Turner reportedly "began to pull at his clothes insinuating the odor was coming from his clothes."

Police initiated field sobriety tests.

During a horizontal gaze nystagmus test -- where suspects are asked to follow a finger or light with their eyes -- Turner reportedly "kept looking away from the pen light" and "had to be instructed multiple times to stay focus (sic) on the light."

It was after this test that the former Pro Bowler allegedly came clean.

"He stated he had a couple shots while at Magic City (a strip club) in Atlanta," the officer wrote. "He stated he had consumed the alcohol around 3 a.m. due to getting there late. He was able to say that he had less than 10 shot (sic), but approximately five shots. I asked him if the shots were normal size and he stated they were in cups, not shot glasses."

Turner was not given "walk-and-turn" and "one-leg stand" evaluations because he said he "suffered an ankle injury during the football game earlier that evening."

He was, however, administered an alco-sensor breath test, during which he "provided a positive breath sample of .109 grams." The legal blood-alcohol content level while driving is 0.08 grams.

Turner was placed under arrest and booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center just after 5 a.m. He denied an intoxilyzer test and was released on bond two hours later.

Jail records show Turner's mother visited him during his brief incarceration.

The sports car involved in the incident -- which is priced starting at $114,200, according to Audi's official site -- was towed.

A passenger in the vehicle was not noted until the final line of the police report. A police spokesman said he had no details regarding that passenger other than believing it was a female.

Turner spoke to the media at the Falcons' practice in Flowery Branch on Wednesday, apologizing for making a "bad decision" and saying he was prepared to deal with the consequences.

"I shouldn't have been in this situation to begin with," Turner told the Associated Press. "I've got to learn from it."

Turner scored a touchdown in Monday's game and his late first-down run helped seal the win, but the fifth-year Falcon has struggled through two games this season. He said he hasn't been told he's not playing this weekend when the Falcons travel to San Diego and will prepare like he is.

"I don't think anybody is more disappointed than I am in myself," Turner said. "I've just got to man up."

-- The Associated Press contributed to this article


DavidBrown 1 year, 7 months ago

When will athletes and men learn that strip clubs + drinking = trouble? That's why I stay away from strip clubs and alcohol.


kevin 1 year, 7 months ago

"Big shot" needs a strip club to get feeling good? What a poor representative for a professional football team. I wonder how many other Falcons do this regularly but never get caught. And they want us to pay $1 billion for a new stadium for what? Show us a SB ring first you idiots.


dentaldawg83 1 year, 6 months ago

give it a rest folks....only mistake he made was not using a taxi...


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