Gold Medalist Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI

By Shawn Dwyer 09/30/14

This is the second time the Olympic star has been busted for driving under the influence.

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Michael Phelps, the multi-gold medal winning swimmer who rose to international stardom during the 2008 Summer Olympics has allegedly been arrested for driving under the influence.

First reported by celebrity site TMZ, Phelps was busted in Baltimore, Md., during the wee hours for reportedly driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. An officer pulled over his white Land Rover around 1:40 am and noticed right away that he "appeared to be under the influence," according to a police statement.

Though cooperative, Phelps failed a variety of field sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer, which determined that he was almost twice the legal limit. He was brought to a station and booked on a DUI, before being released.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the first time Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence. In 2004, when he was 19 years old, he was arrested in Salisbury, Md., for drunk driving. He pleaded guilty and was given 18 months probation, fined $250, and told to speak to students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

More famously, Phelps was photographed in 2009 while smoking weed from a bong while partying at the University of South Carolina. He was suspended from competing for three months and lost Kellogg as a sponsor. Phelps readily admitted his mistake in an apology, calling his actions "inappropriate."

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