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Michael 'The Burner' Turner charged with DUI

  • Atlanta Falcons: 'We are aware of the situation'
  • Bruising running back bonds out of jail for $2,179
Michael 'The Burner' Turner charged with DUI

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested on a DUI charge early Tuesday, hours after being cheered in a nationally televised game.

Falcons fans were in a celebratory mood – and maybe Turner was too -- after Atlanta beat the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos on “Monday Night Football.” 

Turner, known as "The Burner" for his downhill speed on the field, was pulled over at 4:06 a.m., according to the Gwinnett County Sherriff’s Department.

He was charged with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. The arresting officer said Turner was going 97 mph in a 65 mph zone.

“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,” the Falcons said in a statement.

He bonded out of jail – total cost: $2,179 -- about 7 a.m.

The night was not a total loss for Turner. Despite being held to a paltry 42 yards on 17 carries, Turner did score a touchdown, worth its weight in gold in football fantasy leagues.

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