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Police: Phelps’ eyes, speech affected at DUI stop

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    Transit police say they stopped the Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps, 29, at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
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BALTIMORE >> Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday.

The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08.

Phelps, 29, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in his native Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

The statement of probable cause also states that Phelps’ eyes were red, bloodshot, and “his speech was mush mouth.”

An officer administered field sobriety tests to Phelps, according to the statement. Asked to do a one-leg stand, the statement says, “the operator stated ‘that’s not happening.'”

The arresting officer wrote that after he placed Phelps in custody, the swimmer appeared “disoriented, argumentative.”

An officer stopped Phelps, who was driving 84 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone, at roughly 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday after the Olympian cleared the tunnel toll plaza, according to charging documents. The officer also observed Phelps drift out of his lane while driving toward the tunnel.

According to the documents the officer smelled alcohol in the car, and when he asked Phelps how much he’d had to drink, the swimmer said “3 or 4 drinks,” adding that his last drink was two hours prior and that he drank a glass of water before leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore.

When the officer asked Phelps to get out of the car, the officer said he smelled alcohol on Phelps breath, and administered three field sobriety tests, including a walk and turn test. Phelps “broke heel to toe stance” several times throughout the examination and at one point began counting out loud. Phelps completed the test “while having difficulty with his balance while walking,” the officer wrote.

Phelps was placed under arrest after initially refusing to take the one leg stand test. Shortly afterward, the officer wrote, Phelps asked to take the test by the side of the road, but “appeared disoriented, argumentative and did not attempt the test.”

He did, however, end up taking the one leg stand test at the transit police station, but was “swaying slightly and did not look at his elevated foot as instructed,” the officer wrote.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, having earned 22 medals. This is his second DUI arrest. Phelps was arrested in 2004, and received 18 months’ probation and a fine.

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