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Turner arrested on DWI charges

Atlanta is 9-1 in games in which Michael

Atlanta is 9-1 in games in which Michael Turner carries the ball at least 19 times. (undated file photo) Credit: Getty Images

Just hours after the Falcons beat the Broncos on Monday night at the Georgia Dome, Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested and jailed on charges of driving while intoxicated and speeding.

Turner, 30, was booked into the Gwinnett County jail just after 5 a.m. He spent nearly two hours behind bars before being released on $2,179 bond, according to jail records.

Per the Associated Press, a Gwinnett County police officer pulled over Turner's black Audi R8 on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta after clocking the car at 97 mph - 32 mph over the speed limit, said Cpl. Edwin Ritter, a police spokesman.

“The officer made contact with the driver who identified himself as 30-year-old Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons,” 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 Falcons acknowledged Turner’s arrest, but declined further comment.

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

Turner scored the Falcons’ first touchdown against the Broncos. It was his 51st touchdown for the Falcons, a team record. Turner joined the Falcons in 2008 after playing four years with the Chargers. He rushed for 1,340 yards and 11 TDs last season.

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