Former Olympic champion Carl Lewis has failed a breath test after smashing his sports car into a wall.

The 41-year-old track and field ace was allegedly found slumped at the wheel of his 2004 MASERATI - worth $180,000 (GBP120,000) - by police on a Los Angeles highway.

He was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after failing a sobriety test.

Lewis was released on bail and is due to appear at LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT on 7 July (03).

Highway Patrol officers claim he lost control of the high-speed vehicle.

Recent revelations have suggested that Lewis' multiple gold medals in the 1988 SEOUL OLYMPICS should not have stood, as the athlete had secretly failed drug tests months before.

23/04/2003 17:22