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Report: Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

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Report: Michael Phelps arrested for DUI
Michael Phelps showed up to a Baltimore court Friday morning where he pled guilty to driving under the influence. Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation, meaning if he screws up in the next 18 months, he goes behind bars for a year. The Olympic hero arrived with his mom, sister and girlfriend, Miss California 2010 Nicole Johnson.
IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 06: Michael Phelps reacts after his seventh place finish in the Men's 100 Meter Freestyle Final during the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center on August 6, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The past few days have been extremely difficult.
I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself.
I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.
Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual,
and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.
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By BRIAN FITZSIMMONS, RYAN GORMAN

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday morning in Baltimore for driving under the influence, according to reports.

The 18-time Olympic Gold Medalist was pulled over just after 1:00 a.m. for driving erratically and traveling nearly twice the legal speed limit, police said. Phelps then failed field sobriety tests, sources told WBAL.

Phelps was barreling through a 45 mph zone at 84 mph and criss-crossing double-lanes, police sources told WJZ.

The charge was originally reported by TMZ.

Fellow U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told the gossip site that Phelps was "dumb" for not hiring a driver.

Michael Phelps Arrested For DUI

"He just makes dumb decisions," said Lochte. "He has so much money to get a driver.

"I even have a driver," Lochte continued. "Just stinks for the sport of swimming. But he will become smarter from this. Luckily he did not hurt himself or someone else."

This is the second time the most decorated Olympian in U.S. history has been pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

He was busted as a 19-year-old in Maryland in 2004 but was able to strike a plea deal with prosecutors and was given 18 months probation in exchange for a guilty plea.

"I recognize the seriousness of this mistake," he told the court during his final hearing for the original DWI charge, according to WJZ. "I've learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life."

Phelps was pictured less than a year later holding a water pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana. He also apologized for that incident.

This is a developing story, more details will come as they are made available.

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