Hope Solo pleads guilty to drunk driving charge

Hope Solo

July 26 – Former United States international women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Solo says she is “slowly coming back” after undergoing an alcohol treatment programme following her April arrest in a parking lot in North Carolina  after she was found passed out in her car with her twin sons inside.

She was charged with impaired driving. She was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse and resisting arrest, though those charges were voluntarily dismissed, her attorney Chris Clifton said.

“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,” said the World Cup winner and two-time Olympic champion, who won 202 caps for the US, said in a social media post.

“It’s been a long road but I’m slowly coming back.”

“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.”

Forsyth District judge Victoria Roemer handed Solo a suspended sentence of 24 months and an active sentence of 30 days. Solo was given 30 days credit for the time she spent at an in-patient rehabilitation facility. The judge also ordered Solo to pay $2,500 in fines and a $600 fee for the cost of the lab tests.

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