Michael Phelps is back in the news, but it’s not for his return to competitive swimming.
The highly decorated Olympic star was arrested early Tuesday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Maryland Transportation Authority police, per WBALTV 11 in Baltimore.
TMZ first reported the story, saying multiple calls to Phelps representatives also went unreported.
The TV station says MTA police originally pulled Phelps over after catching him going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone and that Phelps cooperated throughout the process and was later released.
Here’s the police statement: On Sept. 30, 2014, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with Driving Under Influence, DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. 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. 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.
Phelps was also arrested for DUI in 2004, when he was 19, but took a plea deal that gave him 18 months probation.