HOUSTON, JAN. 11 -- Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis sprinted from a police substation to an awaiting car and was driven away hiding his face today after being charged with drunken driving.
Lewis, winner of six Olympic gold medals, was arrested early this morning when officers said they saw the car he was driving strike a curb while making a turn, blowing out two tires.
Authorities said Lewis was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety test. A test administered at the police station put Lewis's blood-alcohol content at 0.12. In Texas, the legal intoxication limit is 0.10.
After his release, Lewis dove into a car's back seat and was whisked away.
"The attorney doesn't want to talk to the media and neither does Mr. Lewis," said Sgt. Ralph Gonzales, a police spokesman.
Lewis was charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 and six months in jail. Lewis posted a $500 bond.
"As far as I know, there were no problems with Mr. Lewis," Gonzales said. "He is very distraught about the whole thing."
Officers said two men and a woman were in the car with Lewis.
One passenger, Andre McMillan, was arrested for resisting arrest after he allegedly became belligerent while officers tried to administer a field sobriety test to Lewis, police spokesman Kevin Robertson said.
The police spokesman said Lewis's Audi was pulled over at 2:05 a.m. near the city's Galleria district after officers in a patrol car saw the Audi make a turn, strike a curb and blow out both right-side tires, disabling the car in the middle of the street.
Gonzales said Lewis was free to go by late morning, some nine hours after his arrest, but chose to remain until police were finished processing McMillan.