Celebrity DUI Arrest – Olympic Athlete Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps Suspended from Swimming for Six Months
Celebrity DUI arrest. 29 year-old Michael Phelps is an American competitive swimmer and the most decorated Olympic Athlete of all time. Though he retired after the 2012 summer games, Phelps announced his intentions to return to swimming earlier this year in order to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Phelps’s comeback was moving along successfully, as demonstrated by top finishes in the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in August.
All his aspirations were put on hold, however, when Phelps was arrested under suspicion of DUI in the early morning of September 30, 2014. Reports indicate that Phelps had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.14 percent. Phelps was subsequently charged with the following:
- Crossing double lines on an interstate;
- Excessive speeding.
Phelps previously plead guilty to DUI in 2004 and completed 18 months of probation. At that time, USA Swimming, the governing body of competitive swimming in the U.S., did not take any action against Phelps. However, in 2009, USA Swimming did suspend Phelps for three months after photographs surfaced of the swimmer smoking marijuana from a pipe.
Now, following his second DUI arrest, USA Swimming announced that Phelps is suspended from competitive swimming for six months. Additionally, he will not be allowed to swim on the U.S. team in the 2015 World Championships. While these sanctions may not prevent him from participating in the 2016 Olympics, Phelps faces possible setbacks to his comeback. Phelps also issued an apology and announced plans to attend a substance abuse program during his time off from swimming.
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