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Phelps arrested for DUI offence
30 Sep 2014 18:06
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore City early on Tuesday morning.
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Phelps was arrested around 1:40am in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 by Maryland Transit Authority police.
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The MDTA released the following statement on the incident:
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“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).
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"The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.
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"Mr Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence.
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"He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests.
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"Mr Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”
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Phelps was later released by the police having been charged with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines.
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Phelps was also arrested in 2004 for DUI, DWI, violation of a license restriction and failure to obey a stop sign. He pleaded guilty to these charges and was sentenced to 18 months probation.
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