Police report: Michael Phelps had ‘mush mouth’ during sobriety test

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Tuesday in Maryland.
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A police report has provided new details about the DUI arrest of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps earlier this week.

Phelps registered 0.14 percent on his Breathalyzer test -- nearly twice the Maryland legal standard -- after police spotted him driving at excessive speeds and crossing a double lane line in a Baltimore tunnel, the Associated Press said.

The report further stated that the 29-year-old had bloodshot eyes and that “his speech was mush mouth.”

When an officer asked him to stand on one leg as part of a field sobriety test, he allegedly replied: “That’s not happening.”


Phelps is the most-decorated Olympian of all time, having won 22 medals over a storied career. He is in the midst of a comeback that could see him compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Police said they smelled alcohol on Phelps’ breath and in his car when they pulled him over at 1:40 a.m. He allegedly told them that he’d had three or four drinks at a casino in his hometown.

This was his second DUI arrest.

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