Michael Phelps arrested for DUI in Maryland

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI
Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Michael Phelps was arrested in Maryland on Tuesday for driving under the influence, according to Maryland police.

TMZ first reported the arrest.

NBC4 reports Phelps was driving 84 mph on a road where the speed limit is 45 mph at 1:40 a.m. ET. He was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines.

Phelps was charged and released. On Tuesday afternoon, he released a statement on Twitter in three parts:

Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down. 

Phelps was also arrested for a DUI in 2004, when he was 19 years old. He pleaded guilty in a plea deal and was given 18 months of probation.

In 2009, Phelps was suspended for three months by USA Swimming after a photo of the swimmer surfaced that appeared to show him smoking marijuana. 

Phelps has won 22 total Olympic medals, which is the most of any Olympian. 18 of his medals are gold.

In April, Phelps announced he was coming out of retirement. The 29-year-old has has not competed since the 2012 London Olympics.

- Sarah Barshop

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