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Former Atlanta Falcon Ray Buchanan Arrested for DUI

Former Atlanta Falcon Ray Buchanan turned 41 on Saturday. Buchanan must have gotten an early start celebrating.

He was nabbed for drunken driving at 3 a.m. Saturday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Big Play Ray" was arrested and charged with DUI, speeding, and improper turning, according to booking records.

Gwinnett County police spotted Buchanan going 95 mph in a silver SUV on Interstate 85. The speed limit in the area is 65 mph.

According to authorities, Buchanan was weaving in and out of traffic without using a turn signal. The officer turned on his lights and siren, but Buchanan reportedly kept driving for a quarter of a mile before swerving across several lanes of traffic and stopping on the opposite side of the road.

According to the arresting officer, Buchanan smelled of alcohol. He reportedly admitted to having one drink, but blew a 0.091 percent in a Breathalyzer test, police said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

If it's Buchanan's first DUI offense, he could face up to a year in jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, at least 40 hours of community service, and an alcohol risk reduction program if found guilty. However, first-time offenders rarely get jail time, besides maybe a night spent in the drunk tank.

Buchanan was booked into Gwinnett County jail. He was released at 8 a.m. Saturday after posting $2,319, according to jail records.

The Falcons have had a rough month. On Sept. 18, Gwinnett police arrested running back Michael Turner for DUI and speeding. Last week, Atlanta police arrested defensive end John Abraham for two counts of obstruction.

Ray Buchanan played defensive back for the Falcons from 1997 to 2003. He played his final season with the Oakland Raiders in 2004.

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