Michael Turner charged with DUI

September, 18, 2012
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ATLANTA – Running back Michael Turner reportedly was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding just hours after the Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos.

Turner, 30, was booked into jail at around 5 a.m. and released on bond a couple hours later. Police said Turner was driving 97 mph in a 65 mph zone.

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

Turner, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons with the Falcons, didn’t have a huge impact Monday night. He carried 17 times for 42 yards, but 15 of those came on a late-game run. Turner did score on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

The Falcons have said they want to limit Turner’s number of carries this season. They have started giving second-year pro Jacquizz Rodgers more playing time and veteran Jason Snelling also remains available as a backup.

The Falcons are scheduled to play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. That’s the team Turner began his career with.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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