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Michael Phelps caught driving under the influence

September 30, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a driving under the influence 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 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 (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) 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.

He was later released.

This is Phelps’ second DUI charge in Maryland. He faced the first charge in 2004.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals.

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