Police arrested Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.
Phelps, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double-lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.
A Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer was using radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover came through at 84 mph in a 45 mph zone, the transportation authority said in a statement. The officer stopped Phelps 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,” the statement said. “He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests.”
The statement said Phelps was cooperative throughout the process. Phelps was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station, from which he was later released.
This is Phelps’ second DUI charge in Maryland. The first charge was in 2004 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and he received 18 months’ probation and a $250 fine.
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals. He also generated negative attention in 2009, when a photo in a British newspaper showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
Phelps, who has won a record 18 gold medals, did not dispute the authenticity of the photo published by the tabloid News of the World, acknowledging “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment.”