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Michael Phelps arrested for DUI in Maryland

The popular Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been charged with DUI after he was stopped allegedly driving above the speed-limit in his Land Rover on Tuesday, this 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.”

This is Phelps second brush with the law, he was first charged with driving under the influence in 2004, also in Maryland. With 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall, Phelps has been training to leave his short retirement with a possible run in the next Olympics.