On Tuesday, September 30 th, Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI in Baltimore, MD. He was stopped by a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer in the early morning, after travelling at almost twice the 45 mile an hour speed limit and crossing double lines.
Phelps, 29, was unable to satisfactorily perform a series of standard field sobriety tests, according to a statement from law enforcement. Phelps has been charged with DUI, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines while in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.
This incident marks the Olympian's second arrest for driving under the influence. In 2004, Phelps was arrested for DUI in Salisbury, MD when he was 19 years old. He pleaded guilty to the charges and received a sentence of 18 months' probation.
Phelps expressed his regret for the incident on his official Twitter account and apologized to all those he let down with his actions.
The outcome of the athlete's case remains to be determined. If charged with drunk driving, under Maryland law Phelps could face potential penalties of up to $1,000 in fines, a maximum of 1 year in jail, and license suspension for up to 6 months. The type of charge and sentencing he receives could have a significant impact on his swimming career.
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