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Falcons Coach 'Disappointed' by Turner's DUI Arrest

The head coach discusses the starting running back's situation.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that he is "disappointed" by Michael Turner's arrest on DUI charges in Gwinnett, according to a media report.

ESPN reported that Smith met with the running back in Smith's office after learning of the arrest early Tuesday on I-85 in unincorporated Norcross.

"First and foremost, any time a player sheds negatively on our football team and on our organization, we are very disappointed," Smith said. "This is a legal matter, and it's very well-defined how we have to proceed with it through the league, and we'll let this process run its course."

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Smith declined to elaborate on Turner's status for Sunday's Falcons game at San Diego. The Falcons are 2-0 this season after Monday's 27-21 over Denver in Atlanta.

Turner, a Suwanee resident, was initially stopped for speeding (97 mph in a 65 mph zone) by a Gwinnett County police officer near the Steve Reynolds Boulevard exit on northbound I-85. The officer then said he noticed an "odor" of alcohol coming from Turner's vehicle. After an investigation, the officer found probable cause to arrest Turner for DUI.

The running back was booked into the Gwinnett Detention Center about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, and released on bond shortly after 7 a.m.

Statistically, Turner is off to the worst start in his Falcons career. Through two games, he has rushed for 74 yards, averaging 2.8 yards per carry.

See also:

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

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