Phelps Involved In Car Crash

Swimming Star, Passengers Apparently Unhurt

2nd Driver Being Examined

August 14, 2009|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,

Michael Phelps, who holds the Olympic record with 14 gold medals for swimming, was shaken but apparently uninjured Thursday night when the late-model Cadillac Escalade he was driving in Mid-Town Belvedere collided with another vehicle, seriously damaging Phelps' vehicle, the other car and a parked vehicle, police said. The female driver of the Honda Accord was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, police said.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Phelps, 24, was driving the Cadillac east in the 100 block of E. Biddle St. when he entered the intersection at the 1100 block of N. Calvert St. and collided with a Honda Accord driven north in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St. by a woman.

Two passengers in Phelps' vehicle, a female and a male, also escaped injury. It was not known where Phelps and his passengers were before the crash or where they were heading, police said.

Moments after the crash, Phelps was seen walking outside his vehicle and refused medical treatment. He and his passengers were interviewed by police at the scene and were allowed to leave when a friend showed up in an SUV about an hour after the accident.

The intersection is controlled by a traffic signal and police were investigating the crash and interviewing witnesses to determine whether one of the drivers ran a red light. Also, there was no immediate indication that alcohol contributed to the crash that ended when the Cadillac and the Honda ended up striking an unoccupied parked car, police said.

Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said the city's traffic unit is investigating the crash.

Phelps was arrested on the Eastern Shore in 2004 and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and more recently was photographed using a bong to apparently smoke marijuana.

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