Michael Phelps was arrested by Maryland authorities on suspicion of driving under the influence early this morning. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was observed speeding (84 mph in a 45 mph zone) and crossing the center lines.
Police said 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, police said.
Phelps was cooperative throughout the process and was later released, police said.
It is Phelps’ second DUI arrest. He was arrested when he was 19 years old in 2004 incident in Maryland.
In that case, he struck a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in exchange for 18-month probation.
In the wake of that incident, Phelps was outspoken in his contrition.
“I recognize the seriousness of this mistake,” Phelps said in 2004 before a judge and courtroom of more than 100 spectators. “I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”
So. On the bright side: more learning!