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Michael Turner resolves DUI charge with plea to reckless driving

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Free-agent running back Michael Turner has one fewer impediment to getting back in the NFL.  His legal docket is now clear.

According to John Manasso of FOXSportsSouth.com, Turner resolved a DUI charge from September 2012 by pleading guilty to reckless driving and speeding.  The incident occurred in the hours after the Falcons defeated the Broncos on Monday Night Football.

As part of the deal, he’ll serve 12 months of probation, attend DUI school, engage in an alcohol and drug evaluation, consume no alcohol, and submit to random alcohol screens.

Turner reportedly generated a blood-alcohol concentration of .109 percent after being arrested.  Under the league’s substance-abuse policy, he’s subject to a potential fine in the amount of two game checks.  (While Turner didn’t specifically plead guilty to DUI, the NFL may still attempt to impose the fine.)

Before Turner can be fined, he needs a contract that will pay him at least two game checks.  Since being cut on March 1, Turner has received little or no interest.

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5 Responses to “Michael Turner resolves DUI charge with plea to reckless driving”
  1. 619sdfan4life says: Jun 12, 2013 10:18 PM

    I love how you can be a athlete and get a DUI turned into a reckless driving charge. If was anyone of us were getting the DUI. #BS

  2. dabearsk says: Jun 12, 2013 10:50 PM

    How does he get his DUI charge reduced? He has the cash to go to court and the $20,000 to $30,000 he may spend is like $20 to $30 bucks for us… Who says you can’t buy justice….

  3. bigharold says: Jun 12, 2013 11:29 PM

    “If was anyone of us were getting the DUI. #BS”

    Not really. Many first time offenders have a DUI reduced if there is no extenuating circumstances, e.g. injury or property damage. And, considering that although he apparently was clearly over the limit, a BOC of .109 isn’t stumbling drunk either.

    Not exactly giving him a big break but they are cutting him some slack but nothing out of the ordinary. Some will respond well and learn their lesson. Others, won’t and they’ll be busted again.

  4. 619sdfan4life says: Jun 13, 2013 7:29 AM

    Hey bigharold… It’s BAC

  5. starderup says: Jun 13, 2013 8:07 AM

    I hope he stays out of trouble. He was great for the Falcons for many years.
    There is no excuse for someone that can afford a taxi whenever they want.
    The penalty appears to be about the same as anyone convicted of DUI, so it doesn’t really appear that he got off that easy.

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