Olympic star Michael Phelps arrested on second DUI charge

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

Online Staff Report

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early Tuesday, Sept. 30, after police in Baltimore say he was speeding and that he crossed a double lane line.

According to information released by the Maryland Transportation Authority, Phelps, an 18-time gold medalist, was stopped around 1:45 a.m., Tuesday, after being clocked driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. He also allegedly crossed a center line inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Police reported that Phelps was cooperative during the ensuing traffic stop and agreed to field sobriety tests, which he failed. The 29-year-old also submitted to a breathalyzer, which police say indicated his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit. Phelps posted bond and was released.

The arrest marks the second time Phelps has been arrested for DUI. He was booked for DUI in 2004 and served 18 months probation after the charge was reduced to impaired driving.

Phelps retired from competitive swimming after the 2012 Summer Olympics but announced he was eyeing a comeback for the 2016 games. Phelps could not be reached for comment.


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