Michael Phelps is known for being an Olympic champion swimmer and the most decorated Olympian ever, with a total of 22 medals from the last three Olympic Games. This morning of Tuesday September 30th was not as triumphant for him though, as he was arrested for driving under the influence.
As stated by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the 29-year-old athlete was not only under influence while on the road, but he was also driving 84 mph in a 45-mph zone. Therefore, his charges included excessive speed along with DUI and crossing double lane lines. The latter took place within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. When police stopped his vehicle, the swimmer was cooperative and managed to be set free later on, but the tests showed he was far from sober at the time. Phelps apologised for his actions, stating:
"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
Michael Phelps' penalty for DUI could be up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. However, it's possible that previous charges could lead to him spending time behind bars after sentencing. There is also chance that he will have to plead guilty and get convicted, in that case of taking the penalty for a less serious crime.
Disappointment was expressed by USA Swimming and US Olympic Committee CEO, Scott Blackmun. Phelps' sponsors: Aqua Sphere and Under Armour, avoided making any comment on the case.
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