US soccer star Hope Solo pleaded guilty to driving while impaired Monday nearly four months after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a car with her two-year-old twins in the backseat at a North Carolina Walmart.
The former women’s national team goalkeeper was handed down an active sentence of 30 days and a suspended sentence of 24 months as well as $2,500 in fines plus a $600 fee to cover the cost of lab tests.
Solo, 40, was given 30 days credit for time she spent at an in-patient rehabilitation center and was ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete all recommended treatment.
She was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public officer in connection to the March incident, but both charges were voluntarily dropped according to her attorney Chris Clifton.
Solo, of Roaring Gap, was arrested on March 31 after a passer-by spotted her passed out for more than an hour in the driver’s seat of a car whose engine was left running in the parking lot of a Walmart in Winston-Salem. Solo’s two children were in the backseat.
The person called 911 and a responding officer could smell alcohol on Solo, according to an arrest warrant.
The goalie refused to take a Breathalyzer, but a warrant-issued blood test revealed her blood-alcohol level was at 0.24% — three times the legal limit.
Solo called the incident the biggest mess-up of her life in a statement released after she pleaded guilty.