Washington, Sep 30 (EFE).- Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Baltimore, Maryland, state police said Tuesday.
According to the authorities, Phelps, 29, was speeding Monday night at 84 mph down a street with a 45 mph speed limit.
Phelps was driving through a tunnel in the city of Baltimore where he lives when he committed the infraction.
The police communique says that when the Olympic champ's Land Rover was stopped, the driver appeared to be "under the influence."
Phelps was "unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests," it said.
After he was formally booked for speeding and DUI, he was released.
This is not the first time the winner of 22 medals in the course of the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics has had a brush with the law.
In 2004 he was arrested on similar DUI charges and was sentenced to 18 months' parole.
In 2009 he was suspended for three months from the U.S. Olympic team after a photo surfaced showing the swimming champ smoking a pipe of marijuana at a party.
Phelps, the most prizewinning athlete in Olympic history, bowed out of competition after the 2012 London Olympics, but last April let it be known he was going to start training again with a view to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.