Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrested for DUI for second time

From NBC news:

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges in Maryland early Tuesday morning, News4 has confirmed.

Phelps was clocked driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone on southbound Interstate 395 leaving Baltimore, said Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

An officer followed Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover through the Fort McHenry Tunnel on northbound Interstate 95, police said. Authorities say he was speeding and crossing double lines in the tunnel.

Phelps was stopped just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Authorities say he appeared to be under the influence and failed a series of field sobriety tests. Phelps was cooperative during the process, they said…

Phelps has been charged with DUI previously. In November 2004, he was stopped by state troopers in Salisbury, Maryland, after failing to stop for a stop sign. He was 19 at the time.

In that case, Phelps pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. He was fined $250 and was ordered to serve 18 months probation.

During an interview with Matt Lauer on “Today,” Phelps called the event an isolated incident and said he had “let myself down and my family down… I think I let a lot of people in the country down.”

Phelps faced further controversy when a photograph surfaced in February 2009 showing him with a water pipe used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.

Phelps publicly apologized and admitted that the image, taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. The brouhaha surrounding the photo resulted in the swimmer losing Kellogg’s as a sponsor and a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.

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