UPDATE: Olympian Michael Phelps Apologizes for DUI Arrest
BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC) - Olympic champion Michael Phelps is apologizing for his latest brush with the law, saying he is "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" with an arrest early Tuesday on a DUI charge.
Police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when pulled over in his native Baltimore.
Phelps, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 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 in a 45-mph 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. Phelps was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station, from which he was later released.
This is the second time Phelps has been arrested on drunken-driving charges, the first coming in 2004 after he competed at the Athens Olympics. He also was photographed using a marijuana pipe after the 2008 Beijing Games, which resulted in a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.
Phelps issued a statement saying he understands "the severity of my actions" and takes "full responsibility."
He is hoping to compete in his fifth Olympics at Rio.A native of Baltimore County, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals