The legendary Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps , is best known as being the most decorated Olympian in history. He won 18 gold medals and 22 medals in total. However, his status held no sway when he was arrested recently in Maryland for DUI , excessive speed, and crossing lanes in the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
A Transportation Authority police officer was operating stationary radar when a white 2014 Land Rover was clocked going 84 miles an hour; almost 40 miles over the 45 mph speed limit in that area. The vehicle was subsequently stopped and it was at this time that Phelps was identified as the driver. A statement said that he was unable to satisfactorily perform a series of standard field sobriety tests and that he appeared to be intoxicated. However, it was also stated that the Olympian was cooperative throughout the entire process. Phelps was later released.
After the incident, Phelps took to Twitter to give his side of the story saying, “I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.” But this isn’t the swimmer’s first time getting in trouble for driving while intoxicated. He also has a DUI arrest in Salisbury, MD from 2014. For this particular case, he pleaded guilty was sentenced to probation for 18 months.
In 2009, a picture emerged of what looks like Phelps smoking marijuana at a party at a South Carolina university. During an interview to CNN in 2012 , Phelps gave his side of the story and stated that the events made him realize who his real friends are. He was suspended from competitive swimming for three months and one of his sponsors failed to renew his contract in reaction to the photo.