After he was pulled over, the arresting office said that there was the smell of alcohol on Turner's breath. The officer then arrested Turner after he participated in a field sobriety test.
The 30-year-old running back spent two hours in the Gwinett County Jail before being released on $2,179 bond. Turner ran the ball 17 times for 42 yards in Monday's game and scored the first touchdown for the Falcons.
The Falcons play the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox.
Following the arrest of running back Michael Turner on charges of driving under the influence and speeding, head coach Mike Smith was asked to comment. On Tuesday, he told the media,
"First and foremost, anytime a player sheds negatively on our football team and organization, we are very disappointed. This is a legal matter that it's very well defined how we have to proceed with it through the League, and we'll let the process run its course. I've spoken with Michael. We've had a conversation and like all conversations with my players I would like to keep those internal. He knows that we're disappointed in the decisions that he made after the ballgame last night."
Turner was out celebrating, following a 27-21 victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night. He was originally clocked at 32 mph over the speed limit.
Turner was driving on Interstate 85 early Wednesday morning in a black Audi RB when he was allegedly clocked going 32 mph over the speed limit.
"The officer made contact with the driver who identified himself as 30-year-old Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons," Ritter said in a news release. "The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation."
While the police incident report was not immediately available, Ritter said Turner was taken into custody after the arresting officer conducted a field sobriety test.
Turner spent about two hours in the Gwinnett County jail before being released on $2,179 bond. Just hours earlier, the Falcons celebrated a 27-21 Monday Night Football victory against the Denver Broncos in which Turner scored the first touchdown of the game.
The Falcons issued a statement but are not saying much about the situation since this a legal matter.
Turner, 30, of Suwanee, was booked into the jail just after 5 a.m., and was released about two hours later on $2,179 bond, the report said. There were no details on the arrest.
Just hours earlier, Turner had 17 rush attempts for 42 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons avoided a late-game rally by the Broncos to improve their record to 2-0. Turner's touchdown was the first of the game, coming on a short, three-play drive following an interception thrown by Peyton Manning.