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Atlanta Falcons star running back arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:07 PM EDT, Tue September 18, 2012
Michael Turner carries the ball against the Denver Broncos Monday night. Hours later, he was charged with DUI.
Michael Turner carries the ball against the Denver Broncos Monday night. Hours later, he was charged with DUI.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Michael Turner is charged with DUI, speeding on Interstate 85 near Atlanta
  • He was arrested around 4 a.m. Tuesday after a Monday Night Football win over Denver
  • Officers say Turner was driving at 97 mph

Atlanta (CNN) -- Michael Turner, a star running back for the Atlanta Falcons, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being clocked at 97 mph on an Atlanta-area interstate, police said Tuesday.

Turner, 30, nicknamed "The Burner" because of his speed on the football field, was driving a black Audi R8 in a 65-mph zone on northbound Interstate 85 around 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department said. An officer pulled him over, and after smelling alcohol and investigating further, he charged Turner with DUI and speeding, the Sheriff's Department said.

Turner was released from the Gwinnett County Jail around 7 a.m. after posting a $2,179 bond, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looks to throw the ball during the game against the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, September 17. Check out the action from Week 2 of the 2012 National Football League season, and look back at the best of Week 1. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looks to throw the ball during the game against the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, September 17. Check out the action from Week 2 of the 2012 National Football League season, and look back at the best of Week 1.
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In a statement, the Falcons said, "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."

Turner's touchdown several hours earlier had helped the Falcons defeat the Denver Broncos 27-21 on the nationally televised Monday Night Football game played in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

Since Turner joined the Falcons in 2008, he has been one of the most prolific runners in the National Football League. He has led the National Football Conference in rushing yards the past two seasons.

CNN's Jamie Morrison and CNN Sports' David Close contributed to this report.

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