Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Apologizes for DUI, Reckless Driving
On Tuesday, September 30th, in the early morning, Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested in Maryland on DUI charges.
That afternoon, after being released on bail, Phelps apologized profusely on Twitter, saying “I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility… I am deeply sorry.”
“I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down,” the 29-year-old athlete added in the three-Tweet series.
“The news regarding Michael Phelps and his actions are disappointing and unquestionably serious. We expect our athletes to conduct themselves responsibly in and out of the pool,” USA Swimming said in a statement on Tuesday after they learned of Phelps’s DUI.
Reportedly, a Maryland state trooper pulled Phelps over after a stationary radar detected him driving 84 miles per hour in a 45 zone.
The trooper suspected Phelps was under the influence, so asked him to perform a field sobriety test. “He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests,” the DUI report said. “Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”
Phelps is a 22-time Olympic medalist, and retired from swimming after the 2012 Olympics. However, he recently returned to competition swimming, winning second place in a 100-meter butterfly at Skyline Aquatic Center in Arizona.
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South Carolina has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. With Emma’s law, the penalties are now even stiffer. First offense DUI, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is only between .08 and .09, can result in at least 48 hours of jail time (with a maximum of 30 days), up to a $400 fine before court costs and fees, and suspension of your driver’s license for six months. If your BAC is .16 or higher on your first offense, you could spend up to 90 days in jail, pay up to $1,000 in fines, and may be forced to take an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP). Multiple DUIs can result in felonies, with high fines and long jail sentences. You also face a 36 months with SR22 insurance, which can be very pricey. Importantly, a DUI conviction can never be expunged.
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