Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI in Baltimore; Gets Suspended Sentence

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Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was sentenced to 18 months’ supervised probation today after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

He was arrested in September after leaving a casino in downtown Baltimore. Police documents show that he swerved over a yellow line while going 84 in a 45-mph zone. Police say Phelps failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.14 on a blood-alcohol test. In Maryland, the legal limit is 0.08.

This is the second time Phelps, 29, has been convicted of driving under the influence. His first charge was also in Maryland in 2004. Following that conviction, USA Swimming banned him from the sport for six months, and Phelps went into a six-week treatment program immediately after the incident.

In addition to these two DUI convictions, in 2009, the British newspaper News of the World published a photo of him with a marijuana pipe in his mouth. He was suspended from swimming for three months after that incident.

Phelps had recently come out of retirement with plans to compete in a fifth Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Being on probation is not likely to affect those plans.

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SOURCE: NPR – Laura Sullivan

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