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Michael Turner arrested for DUI following Falcons’ win over Broncos

Michael Turner and the Falcons got off to a fast start against the Broncos on Monday night and never looked back. Turner scored a touchdown after Atlanta’s defense picked off Peyton Manning for the first time, which made him the franchise leader with 51 career touchdowns with the Falcons. There was a lot to celebrate after the game, but Turner should have done it responsibly.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Turner was arrested hours after the game and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and speeding. He was released on $2,179 bond after about two hours in jail.

Obviously this is not good news for the 30-year-old Turner. He was already expected to see a decline in production this season, and a potential suspension could force him to fall behind and get into a situation he cannot recover from at his age.

Mark Grace arrested for DUI again, on leave as D-backs announcer

Mark Grace is taking an indefinite leave of absence as a Diamondbacks broadcaster after being arrested for his second DUI in 15 months, The Arizona Republic reports. Grace must have realized the consequences of his second DUI, because he seemed considerably more grumpy in his most recent mug shot.

According to The Republic, Grace was pulled over for having an expired registration plate. He was arrested for DUI after a field sobriety test was administered.

Oh, and get this, he was driving without an interlock device for his car as was required following his previous DUI.

FOX Sports Arizona has plans for former franchise legend Luis Gonzalez to call Friday and Saturday’s games and Joe Garagiola to do Sunday’s. We doubt either man will have Grace’s home run predicting ability.

Kenny Britt arrested yet again; this time for DUI at an Army post

Unfortunate yet unsurprising news for the Titans today, as troubled wide receiver Kenny Britt found himself in handcuffs yet again after being charged with DUI at a military installation early Friday morning.

Britt reportedly was taking a female soldier back to Fort Campbell, an Army post on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee, when his vehicle was stopped at a gate outside of the premises. Guards became suspicious of Britt’s driving and conducted a field sobriety test, which confirmed their suspicions. He reportedly declined to take a Breathalyzer test.

Britt was held in custody, though for an unclear amount of time. He was released later in the day after being escorted out of the installation by MPs. His vehicle remains impounded on the post.

By now, Britt is probably used to being in handcuffs (in more ways than you’d think). This is his whopping eighth known brush with law enforcement since being drafted by the Titans in 2009.

When we last heard from Britt he was busy leading cops on a police chase last year then getting arrested for something totally different the day after appearing in court for said police chase.

Britt somehow managed to escape suspension by the league last season, despite being a multiple offender. Hard to see him not feeling the wrath of his buddy Roger Goodell this time.

Bobby Jenks arrested after DUI hit-and-run: ‘I took too many muscle relaxers’

Bobby Jenks was arrested early Friday morning and charged with a DUI among four other accounts — one of which includes leaving the scene of an accident. As expected, the details from the arrest report are fantastic. The 31-year-old Jenks was stopped while driving his Mercedes Benz SUV in Fort Myers, Fla. at 2:35 a.m. His alleged statements to the police — which were passed along by WEEI.com — did nothing to help his case.

When Deputy Marsha Sutphin stopped Jenks and asked him if he knew why he had been pulled over, his response was, “Probably because I was all over the road back there.” Sutphin then asked him why he was all over the road, to which he replied, “I took too many muscle relaxers.”

It gets better. Deputy Sutphin then asked Jenks if he had taken anything else besides the muscle relaxers. He reportedly had a difficult time speaking, but provided another classic response.

“(I am) going to be honest with you, I was just leaving Babe’s because I hit a car,” Jenks explained. “I just had to get out of there.”

Babe’s, as WEEI pointed out, is a nightclub in Fort Myers where a bouncer says a car that matched the description of Jenks’ vehicle struck a parked car at around 11:45 p.m. The bouncer said he tried to get Jenks out of the car and offered to call him a cab, but he proceeded to hit another car and drive off.

Finally, when Deputy Sutphin asked Jenks if he would submit to a field sobriety test, he said that he would but he would fail it. We’ll let you guess what happened after that. Bravo, Bobby. Bravo.

Warriors Guard Charlie Bell Showed Up Drunk to His Drunk Driving Hearing

Warriors guard Charlie Bell was arrested back in October for driving while under the influence.  That doesn’t exactly make him the best role model for the children, but it happens.  Everyone makes mistakes, so hopefully Bell will learn from this.  Sadly, he isn’t exactly off to a great start in terms of redemption.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bell’s case was supposed to be resolved on Thursday morning.  Had he not shown up to court drunk, it probably would have been.  Bell reportedly blew a .09 when he arrived at court in Michigan and had to be taken into custody for a few hours until he sobered up.  He is expected to be back in court on Friday, when Golden State’s training camp is scheduled to begin.

The legal limit is .08, so Bell almost made the cut and wasn’t staggering or anything like that.  That being said, wouldn’t you avoid any type of alcohol the night before or the morning of an alcohol-related court hearing?  That’s right up there with trying to pull off a chew-and-screw on a $27 restaurant tab.  It will be interesting to see if Bell’s lawyer advises him to insist he accidentally swallowed a whole both of mouthwash the morning of his hearing.

H/T to I Am a GM for passing the story along.

ESPN’s Matthew Barnaby Arrested for DUI While Driving SUV With a Missing Tire

Man, I hate when nights get out of hand. One minute you’re at the bar watching some football with your buddies — probably tracking the last week of your fantasy football regular season before the playoffs — and the next thing you know you see the blue lights come up behind you and you’re missing a tire. That’s the worst. Just ask ESPN analyst Matthew Barnaby.

According to WGRZ in New York, Barnaby was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Monday morning. Here are the details.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an SUV driving erratically without a front tire.

Deputies say Barnaby, 38, was behind the wheel of his Porsche Cayenne and driving on a rim, which caused sparks. There was also significant front end damage.

The Sheriff’s Department says Barnaby failed several standard field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. His license was revoked because of the refusal.

You may remember Barnaby from the time he faced five criminal charges in a domestic violence case back in May, or you could be familiar with the stories that he was dating ESPN’s Michelle Beadle.  Fortunately, we hear that Beadle and Barnaby are no longer together.  Could it be time for ESPN to cut the cord on this one?  We’ll know in time.

UPDATE: Barnaby is no longer with ESPN.

H/T to Deadspin for passing on the latest installment from the exciting life of Barnaby.

Video: Gary Pinkel Struggles to Recite Alphabet During DUI Stop

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was suspended a week by the school and he will be prevented from collecting a bowl bonus after he pleaded guilty to a DUI charge.

Pinkel was driving about 30 mph on the highway Wednesday night, leading to him being pulled over. He failed to signal on a lane change, made a wide turn, and almost hit a curb before being pulled over. He first denied that he was drinking but later admitted to having two jumbo sized glasses of wine.

That was quite apparent in his DUI stop video. If you watch the video, you’ll see that Pinkel struggled to recite the alphabet.

“When asked to recite the alphabet starting with the letter “E”, Pinkel said “E-F-G-H-R,” according to the report. Pinkel, then starting with the letter “A”, said “A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-R.”

He was unable to count backwards from 72, and he said he wouldn’t have been able to do that sober anyway.

Pinkel will receive two years of probation but he won’t have to go to jail nor pay a fine. He’s getting off relatively easy in my opinion. The only positive about Pinkel’s DUI stop is that at least he wasn’t driving the wrong direction.

H/T Nick Wright