The Atlanta Associated Press reports that Michael Turner, the Atlanta Falcons running back, was jailed early Tuesday morning after he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and speeding. Turner, who scored the Atlanta Falcon’s last touchdown in last night’s win over the Denver Broncos, was booked in the County jail in Atlanta shortly after 5 a.m. He was released after posting $2,179 bond. He spent less than 2 hours in the county jail.
County police report that Turner was pulled over in a black Audi R8 after posting speeds in access of 97 miles per hour, well over the speed limit for Interstate 85 northbound near Indian Trail Road in Atlanta, Georgia. Reports indicate the running back may have just finished up celebrating at an Atlanta nightclub.
According to reports, the driver admitted that he was Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons. Cpl. Edwin Ritter, a police spokesman, also reports that “The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation.” Police did not report any other details of the drunk driving arrest.
Michael Turner, age 30, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He played football at Northern Illinois college before entering the NFL. He has been playing since 2004 and has nine years of experience in the NFL.
Michael Turner was a critical component in the win over Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Monday night. He scored the first touchdown of the game, racking up 51 touchdowns for the Falcons since 2008. The Falcons ended up winning the game in a 27-21 home victory. Prior to joining the Falcons Turner played four seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
The Atlanta Falcons released a statement on Tuesday, stating “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.” Mike Smith, the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons may also address the media later today.
If arrested for drunk driving Michael Turner could face 24 hours to one year in jail, fines ranging from $300 – $1,000, a license suspension for up to one year, a minimum of 40 hours of community service and a fee to reinstate his license.
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Drivers who have been arrested for drunk driving even first time DUI offenses can face high fines and penalties. Pleading guilty may seem easy and simple, but high fines and long-term consequences of a drunk driving arrest should be considered prior to making any decision about how you should plead.
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