Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was charged with DUI after allegedly speeding in his Land Rover on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Maryland Transportation Authority.
“On Sept. 30, 2014, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore,” the agency’s statement read. “He was later released. 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 Officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza,” the statement continued. “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.”
“Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines,” Phelps wrote in a statement after the arrest made headlines. “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 previously arrested and charged with driving under the influence in 2004 in Maryland. “Getting into a car with anything to drink is wrong. It’s dangerous and it’s unacceptable,” Phelps recounted to ESPN The Magazine at the time.
The athlete has won 22 medals — including 18 gold — at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Summer Olympics. He retired after the 2012 Olympics but stepped out of retirement in April of this year as a possible prelude to competing in the Olympics once again.
Sept. 30, 9:53 a.m., Updated with Maryland Transportation Authority statement.
Sept. 30, 10:13 a.m., Updated with information on prior DUI
Sept. 30 2:11 p.m. Updated with Phelps statement