Former U.S. soccer star Hope Solo pleaded guilty to DWI on Monday and received a suspended sentence and a fine after she was arrested in North Carolina earlier this year.
The 40-year-old was found passed out at a shopping center while behind the wheel of a vehicle with her 2-year-old twins inside. Aside from the DWI, she was also charged with child abuse and resisting an officer.
According to the Winston Salem-Journal, her attorney Chris Clifton said the latter charges were voluntarily dismissed.
Solo called this incident the “worst mistake of her life.”
“It’s been a long road, but I’m slowly coming back from taking time off. I pride myself in motherhood and what my husband and I have done day in and day out for over two years throughout the pandemic with two-year old twins,” Solo wrote. “While I’m proud of us, it was incredibly hard and I made a huge mistake. Easily the worst mistake of my life. I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become.
According to the Forsyth County district attorney’s office, Solo will receive a sentence of 30 days in rehab. She also received a suspended sentence of 24 months and an active sentence of 30 days. hope was ordered to pay $2,500 in fines and a $600 fee for the cost of lab tests.
Solo was a star for the United States women’s national team, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 FIFA World Cup.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is no stranger to bad behavior as she was arrested in 2014 in a domestic violence incident with her sister and her nephew in Washington state. However, the charges were dropped in 2018.
Solo was the 2009 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
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