Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge in Baltimore, police say

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BALTIMORE, Maryland — Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Maryland on a DUI charge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Phelps, known as the “Baltimore Bullet” and winner of 18 Olympic gold medals, was arrested at about 1:40 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore, the authority said in a statement. He was later released.

The officer who pulled over Phelps said he was speeding — going 84 in a 45 mph zone.

Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence, the statement said.

“He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests,” the statement added. “Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

This is Phelps second DUI arrest. In 2004 he was arrested for DUI and struck a plea deal, getting 18 months probation.

In 2009, a photograph surfaced of Phelps allegedly smoking pot from a bong at a party.

“I’ll make a million mistakes in my life but as long as I never make the same mistake again, then I’ve been able to learn and grow,” Phelps said in 2012. He also said that the incident made him realize who his real friends were.

CNN contributed to this report.

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