Falcons’ Turner charged with DUI after win
Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was booked in the Gwinnett County Jail early Tuesday morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding in the metro Atlanta area.
Turner, 30, was booked shortly after 5 a.m., mere hours after the Falcons beat the Denver Broncos 27-21 on national television. According to jail records, Turner was released on $2,179 bond around 7 a.m.
Lt. Sean Smith of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said Turner’s traffic citation shows he was driving 97 mph in a 65-mph speed zone. Turner’s black Audi r8 was pulled over traveling on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.
“The officer made contact with the driver who identified himself as 30-year-old Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons,” Cpl. Edwin Ritter said in a news release. “The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation.”
The game itself went well for the Northern Illinois product who has played in Atlanta the past five seasons, as he set a franchise record with his 51st touchdown as a Falcon.
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Falcons organization said in a statement. “Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, Falcons’ coach Mike Smith expressed his frustration.
“First and foremost, let me say any time a player sheds negatively on
our football team and on our organization we are very disappointed,”
Smith said. “This is a legal matter that it’s very well defined how we
have to proceed with it through the league and we have to let the
process run its course.”
“He knows that we are disappointed in the decisions that he made after the ballgame last night,” Smith said.
Smith declined to say whether Turner will be suspended when the Falcons (2-0) visit San Diego (2-0) on Sunday.
“There are certain parameters that are set in place by the collective bargaining agreement and the NFL and the NFLPA,” Smith said. “Those guidelines will be followed in terms of what we can and cannot do.
“If there’s going to be any internal discipline, that discipline will stay internally. That will be conversations that we have with Michael and the conversations that we’ve already had this morning.”
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.