23 Feb, 2024
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US soccer star Hope Solo pleads guilty to DWI

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.

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The former Olympian also asked for her induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame to be postponed while she attends an in-patient recovery program.
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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.

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