Olympic icon Michael Phelps charged with DUI
Olympic champion Michael Phelps has been arrested on suspicion of DUI — again.
Phelps, who has won a whopping 22 medals for his prowess in swimming, was pulled over for speeding by police in his white Land Rover. Cops claim he was doing 84 mph in a 45 mph zone and was weaving across the double yellow line through the Fort McHenry Tunnel on northbound Interstate 95 in Maryland.
They then issued a field sobriety test, which was a big fat fail.
"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," a spokesperson for Maryland Transportation Authority told ABC.
The athlete was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. He was later released.
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But this is not the first time Phelps has been busted driving drunk. In 2004 he was arrested after blowing a stop sign. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was fined $250 and served 18 months' probation. He later told Matt Lauer it was an "isolated incident."
In 2009, the swimmer further courted controversy when a photo surfaced allegedly showing him smoking pot — a move that cost him his Kellogg's sponsorship and a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.
Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Of his 22 medals, a whopping 18 are gold — and eight of those are from his record-setting Beijing Games alone. This arrest may put a damper on his hopes for an Olympic comeback.