Michael Turner celebrated the Falcons' win over the Denver Broncos pretty hard Monday night. So hard that he ended up in the Gwinnett County Jail.
Only hours after scoring a touchdown, Turner was stopped for speeding on Interstate 85. The arresting officer had a suspicion that the NFL star was sloshed, so he booked him on DUI charges, The Associated Press reports.
A DUI task force officer clocked Turner's Audi as going 97 mph in a 65 mph zone about 4 a.m. Tuesday. When the officer approached the car, he allegedly caught a strong whiff of alcohol coming from Turner.
When questioned, Turner identified himself as "Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons," police said. Turner failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. After only two hours behind bars, Turner was released on $2,179 bail, according to authorities.
Under Georgia's DUI Law, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. If convicted, Turner could face up to 12 months in prison, a maximum fine of $1,000, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol risk reduction program.
If convicted, Turner will face league penalties as well. In response to the recent slew of player DUIs, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called for harsher penalties for players who are convicted of DUI. Players are currently fined the equivalent of a game check under the league's substance abuse policy.
"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."
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