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Swimmer Michael Phelps arrested for drunk driving

Monday, November 8, 2004
Phelps arrested Thursday in Maryland


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Six-time Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps apologized Monday for his arrest last week on charges of driving under the influence in Salisbury, Md.



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"I made a mistake and I wanted to share my feelings about it," Phelps told ESPN The Magazine's Eric Adelson. "Getting into a car with anything to drink is wrong. It's dangerous and it's unacceptable. I'm 19, but was taught that no matter how old you are, you take responsibility for actions, which I will do.



"I'm extremely sorry."



A state trooper observed Phelps fail to heed a stop sign in his 2005 SUV in Salisbury at approximately 11:50 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement released by state police. Police cited Phelps for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired for alcohol, violation for a license restriction and failure to obey a traffic control device.



After signing the traffic citations, Phelps was released at approximately 1 a.m. Friday into the custody of a friend, police said. There were two other unnamed individuals in the vehicle at the time of Phelps' arrest. According to a news release, Phelps was fully cooperative with police.



Police did not give specific details of Phelps' alcohol content, although the legal limit is .08 in Maryland. The release said any statements or observations from the arresting trooper or results of tests were considered evidence and would not be discussed pending court proceedings. Phelps will have to appear in court at a future date, where he can decide whether to enter a plea or go to trial.



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This is kind of off topic, but I think it's ridiculous that the drinking age here in the U.S. is 21.

Now if he was really drunk, then it's a bad thing and I'm glad he apologized

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I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Michael Phelps. He's now an A list Celebrity-Athlete. You don't get into the club without an arrest or other felony.

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how does he have a 2005 car??? its only 2004!

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Why didn't they charge him wit underage drinking??? Which could carry jail time.
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stupid stupid stupid.

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Quite stupid, but unfortunately a lot of teenagers drive when under the influence. At least they do where I'm from. After a while you realize that there is no use telling them how stupid they are... they don't care. What you do is make a point of not getting into a vehicle with them.

Regardless, at least he's being a good sport about it. Mind you, I'm sure that his agents have advised him to be. What with 2343 endorsements on the line, it's better to come across as the good guy who screwed up and is owning up to it, than to be the asshole who just doesn't care.
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how does he have a 2005 car??? its only 2004!
new 2005 models come out mid year the prior year
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DUI should = mandatory jail time. Period.


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It was stupid but believe you me alot of people still do it.
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I hope he doesn't get away with this, this is unacceptable behavior, he should know better! So much for his good boy image

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First of all I will say that this was very stupid of him.

However, I don't know where you guys are from but drunk driving is not only common, it is rampant, I would bet over half of the people that I know drink and drive. U.S. drinking and driving laws just aren't as strict as other places for people to think there are consequences. I think the U.S. focuses too much on keeping the legal drinking age up instead of having consequences for drunk driving.

That being said, I don't know where you're getting this that he would have jail time for underage drinking Maybe he would have to stay in jail for one night for that, but that's only so you can sober up. It would be over the top according to the law for him to get jail time for this, it's not because he's famous.

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That's definetely not on the diet
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OK, so just because the whole country does it, makes the charges less severe?? Drinking underage is ILLEGAL PERIOD! That is operating machinery under the influence, underage drinking, and whatever else. I dont think people would be saying this if he would have gotten in an accident.
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