Michael Phelps Arrested for Second DUI
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, was arrested in Maryland on Tuesday for a driving under the influence.
Phelps, 29, who grew up in Maryland, was pulled over in the Fort McHenry Tunnel by Maryland Transit Authority police at around 1:40 a.m. in his white 2014 Land Rover for excessive speeding (84 MPH in a 45 MPH zone), according to a statement from police.
Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines within the tunnel.
The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.
TMZ was first to break the news.
This is Phelps’ second DUI. He arrested in March 2004, at the age of 19, and charged with violation of license restrictions, failure to obey a stop sign, a DUI and DWI. He was sentenced to a $250 fine and 18 months of probation after striking a plea deal. In his courtroom appearance, Phelps said, “I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”
Phelps was also photographed smoking pot in 2009, for which he was suspended from the U.S. Olympic swimming team for three months.
Phelps, who currently holds 18 gold medals for swimming (22 in total), previously announced he would be coming out of retirement to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
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