Phelps 'sorry' after drink-driving arrest

Phelps 'sorry' after drink-driving arrest
IN HOT WATER: Phelps, whose arrest on Tuesday was his second for drink driving in 10 years, quickly expressed remorse on Twitter, saying he was "deeply sorry" for his actions.

BALTIMORE, United States - In a week when three Singapore swimmers have made headlines for the wrong reasons by allegedly returning to the Asian Games athletes' village in an inebriated state, another swimmer has been taken to task for drinking - and then driving.

This time, the swimmer is none other than Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

The American was arrested for drink driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, United States police said.

Phelps - who retired after winning 18 Olympic titles but is now back with an eye on another run at the 2016 Games - later apologised, saying he was "deeply sorry" for his actions.

The 29-year-old was pulled over after his white Land Rover was clocked at 135kmh in a 72kmh zone at 1.40am in Baltimore's Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

"He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field-sobriety tests," it said, while adding that he had also failed a breathalyser test.

However, it noted that the swimmer was cooperative throughout.

Phelps has been charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double- lane lines.

The swimming champion quickly expressed remorse.

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," he told his 1.6 million Twitter followers.

"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

USA Swimming, the national team's governing body, said: "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."

Dara Torres, a 12-time Olympic medallist who has been on several Olympic and national swim teams with Phelps, told Reuters in a telephone interview: "I was shocked at the news, to say the least.

"He was very fortunate that no one was hurt. He's a good guy. He does work for kids. He does charity work.

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