Michael Phelps, who has won more Olympic medals than anyone, was arrested for DUI in Baltimore on Tuesday morning.
Phelps was arrested by the Maryland Transport Authority at around 1:43 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.
“A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone),” the MDTA said in a statement.
“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 (@TMZ) October 1, 2014
Phelps was charged with speeding, crossing double lane lines and driving under the influence. This wasn’t Phelps’ first run-in with the law or his first DUI.
— Optimum Sports Media (@optimum_sports) October 1, 2014
He was charged with a DUI in 2004 as well. After his 2004 arrest, he released a statement saying,
“I recognize the seriousness of this mistake. I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”
THIS JUST IN: Olympian Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with a DUI early Tuesday morning in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/1HENTbJfsD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 30, 2014
Phelps had been training to make a comeback at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He did not release a statement about his recent arrest.
Will the DUI charge affect Michael’s Olympic comeback or will he be able to shake it off?