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Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. AP photo U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. AP photo
(NBC Washington) - Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Baltimore almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in Baltimore City District Court on Friday morning.

He was sentenced to a year and a half of probation.

Phelps was the keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Times Free Press "Best of Preps" banquet in 2009.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 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 .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent 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.
 
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