BALTIMORE, MD—Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was pulled over on September 30 for driving nearly 40 miles over the speed limit in a 45 mph zone in Baltimore, Maryland.
Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, exceeding the speed limit, and crossing double lane lines.
On September 30, Phelps tweeted, “Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”
On October 5, he added back to back tweets emphasizing the situation he has been dealing with and his decision to seek treatment.
“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.”