Olympic bong toker Michael Phelps is in trouble with the law again. On Sept. 30, he was pulled over for speeding and then arrested for DUI on I-395 in Baltimore, where he spent the night at the Horseshoe Casino.
The swimmer, who has won a record 18 gold medals, was stopped at the toll plaza after passing through the Fort McHenry Tunnel heading southbound on I-395 at 1:40 am. Police clocked his 2014 white Land Rover at 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. They claim he also crossed the double line several times while in the tunnel.
Phelps "appeared to be under the influence," according to a statement issued by the Maryland Transit Authority Police. "He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests." His blood-alcohol level was .14 (the legal limit is .08).
In 2004, when he was 19, Phelps was charged with DUI after a stop in Salisbury, Maryland. He paid a $250 fine and was placed on 18 months of probation.
Update: On Dec. 19, Phelps pled guilty to drunk driving and was sentenced to 18 months of probation, just like in 2004. Since the arrest, he attended a 45-day program in Arizona and will continue with treatment and AA counseling in Maryland for at least another six months.
Phelps: '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.'
In 2009, a photo was published of Phelps clearly taking a bong hit at a frat party at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, which earned him Top CelebStoner status. He was suspended for three months by USA Swimming after that infraction.