Hope Solo, a former star goaltender for the US women’s soccer team, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on Monday, four months after she was found unconscious while driving in the parking lot of a Walmart in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with her . two children in the back seat, authorities said.
Her sentence to two years in prison was suspended for all but 30 days, the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. According to prosecutors, the terms of her sentence allowed her to be released from that prison sentence in the 30 days she spent in a rehabilitation center.
During her two years of probation, she will have to see a court-approved drug addiction expert and comply with any further court-ordered treatment, according to the district attorney’s office. She was also forced to surrender her driver’s license and will not be able to drive until she gets her license back, the report said.
As part of her plea agreement, two other charges – misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public official – were dropped, Jim O’Neill, Forsyth County District Attorney, said in an interview.
“I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol has become. Solo wrote in a statement published on Instagram on Monday. “I made a huge mistake. Probably the worst mistake of my life.”
Her legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.
March 31 Solo was found by a police officer sleeping at the wheel with two children sleeping in the back while her car’s engine was running, according to the district attorney’s office. A police officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol and asked her to take a sobriety test, but mrs. Solo refused, prosecutors said.
She was arrested but refused to take a breathalyzer test, the district attorney’s office said. A police officer obtained a search warrant for a blood sample and found that Ms. Solo had a blood alcohol level of 0.24, according to a press release. This is three times the North Carolina legal limit of 0.08. In addition, the test showed that she had THC in her system, prosecutors said.
Mrs. Solo is considered one of the best goalkeepers in recent football history. She won two Olympic gold medals in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London. She won the 2015 World Championship in Canada. At that World Cup and at the previous one, she won the award as the best goalkeeper.
However, she also became notorious for her unrestrained behavior, which sometimes led to quarrels.
In August 2016, after the Swedish national team beat the US team in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics, M. Solo criticized the defensive tactics of the Swedes and called them “a bunch of cowards.” In response, US Soccer terminated her contract. quoting “behavior contrary to the principles of the organization.”
She was also suspended for 30 days in 2015 after US Soccer learned from the news that Ms. Solo had been arguing with police when her husband, former NFL tight end Jerrami Stevens, was arrested on drunk driving charges. .