- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has apologized after he was arrested for the second time on DUI and other charges in Maryland early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Phelps was driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone when he was pulled over inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. The athlete registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08.

“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility,” Mr. Phelps tweeted to his 1.6 million followers. “I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

Mr. Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines.

The statement of probable cause said Mr. Phelps‘ eyes were red, bloodshot and “his speech was mush mouth.”

An officer administered field sobriety tests to Mr. Phelps, according to the statement. Asked to do a one-leg stand, “the operator stated ‘that’s not happening,’” The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Phelps previously pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in November 2004. He was ordered to serve 18 months probation in that case.


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