Many people have probably heard about Michael Phelps’ most recent drunk driving incident. The U.S. Olympic swimmer — known for holding the most total medals, and most gold medals, ever in Olympics history — was arrested recently after allegedly driving his vehicle at a speed of 84 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone. A Breathalyzer test revealed that he was over the limit, though the police did not release specific on Phelps’ blood alcohol content.
This is the second time in a decade that Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence. When he was 19, the star swimmer was also pulled over for drunk driving.
The case has grabbed national headlines for obvious reasons, but there are still a couple of things we can learn from the story besides the gasp-inducing nature of a celebrity-DUI story.
The first is the breath test Phelps was given. Remember that in Minnesota, you have to submit to a breath or blood test if you are lawfully arrested for driving under the influence. It’s called implied consent, though the law does allow you to refuse an initial field sobriety test during the arrest.
The other element here is the impact a drunk driving charge has on the individual. There are some critics that believe this drunk driving charge may lead to Phelps being left off of future swim teams or swim meets. The impact of a drunk driving charge affects a person’s personal and professional life in numerous ways, and it doesn’t just happen to celebrities.
Source: Baltimore Sun, “Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time,” Justin Fenton and Childs Walker, Sept. 30, 2014