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Michael Phelps pleads guilty to drunken driving

2014-12-22 13:55

Baltimore - Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in on Friday morning. He was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He will be on probation for a year and a half.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on the 30 September 2014. Documents show that 29-year-old Phelps was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line while driving in a tunnel.

Police say Phelps registered a .145 on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08% in Maryland.

A week after his arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months.

Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October. This is his second DUI conviction. Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2004 in another Maryland county.

Phelps recently took to twitter to thank fans for their on-going support:

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