Atlanta Falcons star running back arrested on suspicion of drunk driving
Michael Turner carries the ball against the Denver Broncos Monday night. Hours later, he was charged with DUI.
September 18th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Atlanta Falcons star running back arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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.


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  1. Sinfully Yours

    I swears ociffers *hic* I'd have passed *hic* you're soborbobo *giggle* test if the threes of yous would stand still *hic*

    September 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hollywood

    What a foolish and stupid thing to do.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • sstobierre

      isn't it that the customary speed of Atlanta drivers in general?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well I guess we're not going to have any live events today, so

    Romney was recorded saying 47% of voters will back Obama because they're dependent on the government and said his "job is not to worry about those people."
    Can this man possibly be any more arrogant ? It's not his job to worry about these people ? "If" he were to become POTUS, is he just going to serve the 53 percent who supposedly support him ?
    That's not seeting a very good precedent for a wannabe POTUS.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      I agree with him. It's time to stop the handouts to the dedbeat democrat voters. It is time for them to get off their lazy buts and get a job. Maybe it won't pay what they want or be that fun. Tough. We all need to work – including democrats.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      What you fail to admit Jacob, is a great number of these people currently on assistance were hardworking, productive citizens before the Bush policiies destroyed our economy. And since the corporate world has chosen to maximize their profits by sending the work overseas, there are not a whole lot of options at this time.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The job of the POTUS is to worry about ALL of the nation's citizens, whether they voted for him or not.
      The sooner that partisans realize this, and stop with the foolish stereotypes, the better.
      This election can't be over soon enough for me, regardless who wins.
      I have NEVER witnessed such hatred and disrespect for a sitting POTUS, EVER.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Jacob didn't admit that because it's entirely incorrect, born in your imagination. The economy tubed because the democrat-passed Community Reinvestment Act gave subprime mortgages to risky people without the means or responsibility to be home owners. They defaulted. The subprimes, purchased up by secondary mortgage market democrat creations FNMA and FDMC and bundled for resale to debt purchasers infected the financial markets. "Bush's policies failed"? Please. Capitalism works. It has winners and losers, but it creates far greater wealth than any other economic system. You, bobcat, are woefully ill-informed and have zero credibility. Nobody should listen to your bad advice. Between Jacon and bobcat, I go with Jacob.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dock Worker

    Democrats can find jobs. They just don't want to work. They can't live off of is working folks forever. They need to get over it and accept the fact they might never have another job like they did have. It's sad, but is a fact. They may have to take a job where they drive a forklift or work in a warehouse and do some actual labor.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Do you honestly believe that only democrats are on public assistance?
      Yeah, okay.
      Get real.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The Washington Posts breaks it down pretty well. About half those folks are working poor and pay payroll taxes for social security, Medicare sales tax and any other local tax etc... just no income tax...1/3 are seniors who get various tax code allowance. The balance are working single moms with kids who get various tax credits etc...the balance are disabled or unemployed. That's America folks and the tax codes we live with.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Like most people I don't have anything against President Osama. He did his best. It just seems time to give someone else a chance. I'd like to see Ron Paul in there myself.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmy Jay

    I agree that obama cannot fix the economy and his re election promises continued economic deterioration and increased debt, but let's talk about Michael Turner drunk driving. Post bond, delay the proceedings until after the season, which for the Falcons should be Decemberish. Take a defensive driving class and if you don't have priors plead it down to malfunctioning equipment and pay fine and court costs.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      They need to bring back Deon. And Steve Batrkowski.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tad Bemenista

      That's what happens in most drunk driving cases anyways, unless he's habitual.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |