Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunk driving

Phelps, 29, is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. (File photo: AFP)

Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Tuesday.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, was also charged with speeding and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

An MTA police officer was using radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps' white 2014 Land Rover came through at 84 mph (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone, the transportation authority said in a statement. The officer stopped the 29-year-old American just beyond the tunnel's toll plaza.

"Mr. 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 said Phelps was cooperative throughout the process. Phelps was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station, from which he was later released.

This is Phelps' second charge for driving under the influence in Maryland. A native of Baltimore County, he faced the first charge in 2004. He was placed on probation for 18 months and fined $250.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43