Michael Phelps on DUI Charge: My Bad!

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Eighteen-time gold medalist Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI around 2 am on Tuesday morning after being pulled over for going 84 in a 45 MPH zone.

Phelps addressed the incident on Twitter today:

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"Earlier this morning I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines," Phelps tweeted.

"I understand the severity of my actions and take fullĀ responsibility. I know these words may not mean much now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

Well, at least he owned up to it, though it's not like he had much choice.

There's no word yet on what sort of punishment Phelps can expect to face.

This is not his first DUI arrest, though since the first one occurred more than 10 years ago, it shouldn't result in a stiffer penalty this time around. Following that incident, Phelps was sentenced to 18 months probation.

Prior to his brush with the law this morning, the Olympian's most recent scandal was a highly publicized 2009 episode in which Phelps was caught smoking pot at a party on a college campus. Ā He was quick to apologize following that incident as well.

Phelps is not expected to do any jail time, but does face fines, probation, and the loss of his license.

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