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Michael Phelps Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in Baltimore: Report

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 01:57 PM

Michael Phelps was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Tuesday after a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer pulled him over for speeding just outside of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore.

The champion swimmer, who's the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, was reportedly traveling 84 mph in a 45-mph zone when the officer clocked him around 1:40 a.m., the Baltimore Sun reported.

Police said the 29-year-old Phelps was cooperative but ultimately failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines, according to CNN.

The incident marked Phelps' second DUI arrest. In 2004 when he was 19, the swimmer was arrested on the same charge in Maryland and later served 18 months of probation after a plea deal.

Rumors of a possible 2016 Olympic run have been percolating since ever since Phelps announced in April he was coming out of retirement. He's reportedly been focusing on relays and shorter-distance contests, including his specialty, the 100-meter butterfly. Last month, he won three gold medals and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championships, his first international competition since the 2012 Games in London, according to USA Today.

"It's good to have some structure back in my life," Phelps told the newspaper in July. "That's how I've always been. That's something I need. I was happy to get that year and a half where I did whatever I wanted, went wherever I wanted. I got that out of the way, and I'm happy to have this back."

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Michael Phelps was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Tuesday after a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer pulled him over for speeding just outside of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore.
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