Hope Solo pleads guilty to DWI, gets suspended sentence, fine

Former US women’s national team goaltender Hope Solo pleaded guilty to motoring with a disability on Monday, nearly four months after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle with her two-year-old twins in North Carolina.

Solo was also charged with child molestation and resisting an officer in connection with the March 31 incident. Her attorney, Chris Clifton, said both of those charges were voluntarily dismissed, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

A press release from the Forsyth County Attorney’s Office said a judge sentenced Solo, 40, of Roaring Gap in Alleghany County, to a 24-month suspended sentence and a 30-day active prison term. She was credited with 30 days for her stay in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. The judge also ordered Solo to pay a $2,500 fine and a $600 fee for the cost of the lab tests. She must also receive a substance abuse evaluation and complete all recommended treatments.

Roaring Gap is about 60 miles northwest of Winston-Salem.

In a statement released after her guilty plea, Solo said that while she was proud of motherhood and how she and her husband were handling their children during the pandemic, “it was incredibly hard and I made a huge mistake “.

“Definitely the worst mistake of my life,” she said. “I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become. The benefit of such a big mistake is that you learn hard lessons quickly. Learning these lessons was difficult and sometimes very painful.”

According to a police report, Solo was arrested in the parking lot of a Winston-Salem mall. According to the warrant, a passerby noticed Solo passed out for more than an hour with the engine running and the two children in the back seat behind the wheel.

A responding officer could smell alcohol, and the warrant said Solo refused an on-site sobriety test.

Solo was taken to the judge’s office, where she refused to take a breathalyzer test, so police obtained a search warrant for a blood sample. Solo had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24%, three times the legal limit. Tests also showed that Solo had THC in her system, according to a police report.

Solo was released from the national team after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after calling the Swedish team “cowards” for taking a defensive stance against the defending gold medalists, ending a laudable playing career also marred by controversy .

She was suspended for 30 days in early 2015 after she and her husband Jerramy Stevens were pulled over in a US Soccer van and Stevens was charged with drunk driving. She was also benched after publicly questioning coach Greg Ryan’s decision to field Briana Scurry during the 2007 World Cup against Brazil, comments many saw as an insult to Scurry.

Solo was also involved in an altercation with family members in 2014 that led to Solo’s arrest, although the charges in that case were eventually dropped.

Solo played 202 games with the national team, with 153 wins and an international record 102 shutouts. She won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals with the team.

At the 2015 World Cup run, she only conceded three goals in seven games with five shutouts.

She was elected to the US Soccer Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony was scheduled for May 21, but the newspaper reported Solo had asked for the ceremony to be postponed until next year.

Solo married Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 2012. The couple’s twins were born on March 4, 2020.

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Emma Bowman

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