Michael Phelps nabbed for drunken driving
American swimmer Michael Phelps, was reportedly arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early on Tuesday when he sped and crossed the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.
THE Olympian gold medalist later issued an apology for his behavior, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
According to police, Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. cruising 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone. He was booked and released.
Police said an officer trailed Phelps’s 2014 Land Rover onto northbound Interstate 95, passing the Fort McHenry Tunnel under Baltimore Harbor, and had the sportsman pull over right before the tunnel’s toll plaza. Authorities said he was cooperative.
"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI (driving under the influence), excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines," Phelps said in a statement.
"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," he added. "I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
This is not the first arrest for Phelps under DUI, who SPENT his life working tremendously in the pool but self-confessed likes to have a good time outside of practice and competition.
Just got from a two-year retirement, Phelps initially tried his comeback in April at a low-key tournament in Phoenix and his development has been steady instead his usual breathtaking strokes.