Michael Phelps, Overachiever: 22 Medals and 2 DUI’s

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Photo courtesy of creativecommons.org

Michael Martin, Staff Writer

Michael Phelps, the 22-time Olympian medalist, was arrested early last Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence, excessive speeding, and crossing double-lane lines on I-95 in Baltimore.

A Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer was doing routine radar scans around 1:40 a.m when he spotted a white 2014 Land Rover doing 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer pulled the car over and identified Phelps by his license, and performed sobriety tests. Phelps then proceeded to fail the tests, and had a blood alcohol content of 0.14, which is almost twice the legal limit. He was taken to a transportation authority station and was later released.

Phelps issued an apology later that day, saying “Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

This, however, isn’t new for Phelps. This is his second DUI charge in Maryland, the first one coming in 2004, where he served 18 months’ probation and had to pay a $250 fine. He also had to go to three high schools and give an alcohol awareness presentation as part of his punishment. Then, in 2009, a picture was released of him smoking marijuana, for which USA Swimming suspended him for three months of competition.

With this incident however, USA Swimming announced this morning, October 7, 2014, Phelps will be suspended for six months and will not be allowed to be on next year’s team at the world championship.

Sunday Phelps tweeted that he is taking a break from the sport “to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.” The rehabilitation program is six weeks, which he will be in until mid-November.  His trial is set for Nov. 19.