Falcon Michael Turner charged with DUI



An Atlanta Falcons player was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of driving under the influence.

Michael Turner, 30, was booked in the Gwinnett County Jail at 5 a.m. and released at 7 a.m. The jail booking sheet lists Turner’s place of employment as the Atlanta Falcons.

Turner, a starting running back, was arrested in Suwanee on charges of speeding and driving under the influence, police said.

Gwinnett County police said a member of the DUI task force saw an Audi R8 on Interstate 85 traveling 97 mph in a 65 mph zone around 4 a.m.

Police said the officer pulled Turner over on I-85 near Steve Reynolds Boulevard. The officer said he could smell alcohol coming from Turner, and during the course of a DUI investigation, he determined probable cause to charge Turner with DUI.

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos at home Monday night. Turner contributed to the win with a touchdown run.

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time," the Falcons said in a statement released Tuesday morning.