Other Driver Blamed for Phelps Crash

Swimmer to be cited for using invalid driver's license
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2009 6:11 AM CDT
A Cadilliac Escalade belonging to Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps sits on a tow truck near the collision site in Baltimore on Thursday, night.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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(Newser) – Police don't believe Michael Phelps was to blame for his car accident in Baltimore Thursday night but the swimmer will have to go to court for producing an invalid Michigan driver's license after the crash, the Baltimore Sun reports. The other driver, a 28-year-old woman who was slightly injured when her Honda Accord hit Phelps' Cadillac, is to be charged with running a red light.

Phelps—who pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge in 2004—told police he had drunk one beer four hours before the accident and they declined to breathalyze him. He did not "show any signs of fatigue or alcohol use," the police report says. The Olympic champ, who trains both in Baltimore and at the University of Michigan, was issued a $40 citation because he hasn't established a legal residency in Maryland.