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GCPD: Falcons' Turner Had 'Odor' of Alcohol, Was Traveling 97 mph on I-85

Gwinnett Police say the running back was stopped near Steve Reynolds Blvd early Tuesday. He has been released on bond.

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was traveling 97 mph in 65 mph zone early Tuesday (Sept. 18) on I-85 in unincorporated Norcross when he was stopped and later charged with DUI, Gwinnett Police said Tuesday.

According to a GCPD news release, Turner, a Gwinnett resident, was observed driving a black Audi "at a high rate of speed' on northbound I-85 near Indian Trail Road. The traffic stop took place on I-85 near Steve Reynolds Boulevard.

A member of the DUI task force made contact, and Turner identified himself as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. The officer could smell "an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver," according to the release, and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation. During the investigation, the officer developed probable cause to charge Turner with DUI and speeding.

Turner was released from the Gwinnett Detention Center shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. Bond was over $2,000 for both charges.

The GCPD said the entire stop was recorded on police dashcam video, but said it would not be available.

Turner rushed for 42 yards and scored one touchdown Monday night in the Falcons' 27-21 win over Denver in Atlanta.

Turner lives in the prestigious River Club development in Suwanee.

Dave Ballard September 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Assuming Mr. Turner is innocent of any wrongdoing, I have a question: (First, and apropos of nothing, did anyone else just read that in Captain Barbossa's voice and LOL just a bit?) Why have so many successful athletes, politicians, and performing artists been caught doing this type of thing? Is it because they really do think they're better/smarter/faster/stronger than everyone else and the rules don't apply? Or is it because the behavior goes on so often (and with so little consequence) that they think there's no real risk of getting caught in the first place (and no harm done if they do)? Or is the behavior glorified, and made to LOOK more common than it really is, which would screw up the average person's sense of the risks involved? And does their wealth and position contribute by making even a "worst case" scenario (fines, lawyers, property damage, reparations, etc.) easier to handle? I'm asking, because I surely do not know.
Deborah Storm September 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Dash cams. No dash cams for fatal shootings by cops in gwinnett. What is more important?
Dave Ballard September 19, 2012 at 04:39 PM
The GC police that pulled over Michael Turner had dash cams and recorded the whole event (including the part where no one shot him at all), so you must be talking about something else...?

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