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Phelps to be cited for expired driver's license

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was driving with an expired, out-of-state license and told police he drank a beer about 75 minutes before he was involved in an accident, Baltimore police said on Friday.

The accident late Thursday was not Phelps' fault, police said, and officers did not administer field sobriety tests because he showed no signs of being impaired by alcohol.

But the swimming star will be cited for driving without a license and failure to establish residency in Maryland, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. The citation carries no fine, but Phelps will have to appear in court.

Phelps presented officers with a Michigan driver's license, according to a police report, and investigators determined that the license was expired after consulting with Michigan authorities. Phelps lived in Michigan between the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and moved back to his native Baltimore last year.

The other driver, Amanda E. Virkus, ran a red light shortly before 9 p.m., and Phelps' SUV crashed into the driver's side of her car at the intersection of two one-way streets north of downtown, police said.

Virkus will be cited for failure to obey a red light and causing an accident. Those citations carry a maximum penalty of a $180 fine and three points on a driver's license, Guglielmi said.

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Two parked cars also sustained minor damage, and one of them was occupied at the time, according to the report.

Phelps said in a statement to police that his right ankle hurt after the crash, but he did not seek treatment. His two passengers were uninjured. Virkus was treated at a local hospital for back pain and released. A woman sitting in the parked car was not hurt.

Phelps has won 14 gold medals, including eight at last year's Beijing Olympics. He recently returned to Baltimore from the world swimming championships in Rome, where he won five golds and a silver.

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