Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI, Issues Apology: 'I Am Deeply Sorry'

by Jackie Willis 2:06 PM PDT, September 30, 2014
Playing Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI, Issues Apology: 'I Am Deeply Sorry'

Michael Phelps has been arrested for a second time for driving under the influence, ET confirms.

The 29-year-old Olympic gold medalist was taken into custody early Tuesday morning in Baltimore, Maryland, after he was unable to satisfactorily complete a series of field sobriety tests. According to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), police initially pulled his white 2014 Range Rover over because Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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Police have charged the swimmer with a DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. MDTA say Phelps was "cooperative throughout the process."

Shortly after his arrest, the swimmer took to this Twitter to issue an apology. 

The star swimmer recently came out of retirement fueling speculation that a 2016 Olympic comeback could happen. U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun issued this comment on Phelps' arrest:

"We were surprised by today's news. We are disappointed on a number of fronts, but want to give Michael Phelps and USA Swimming an opportunity to comment before saying anything more."

Back in Nov. 2004, at age 19, Phelps was arrested for a DUI. He pleaded guilty in exchange for 18-months probation.

Phelps has won more Olympic medals than anyone else (22 in total), but in 2009 he was suspended for three months by the USA Swimming after photos surfaced of him using a bong.