Hope Solo, a former star goalkeeper for the US women’s soccer team, pleaded guilty Monday to driving while intoxicated, four months after she was found passed out behind the wheel in the parking lot of a Walmart in Winston-Salem. North Carolina, with her two children in the back seat, authorities said.
His two-year prison sentence was suspended for all but 30 days, the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. The conditions of his sentence allowed him to get out of that prison time during the 30 days he spent at a rehab center in person, prosecutors said.
During two years of probation, he will have to see a court-approved addiction expert and comply with any additional court-ordered treatment, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He also had to surrender his driver’s license and will not be able to operate a car until he regains his license, according to the release.
Two other charges, misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public official, were dropped as part of his plea deal, Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said in an interview.
“I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become,” Solo wrote in a statement. aware to Instagram on Monday. “I made a huge mistake. Easily the worst mistake of my life.”
His legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Monday.
On March 31, a police officer found Ms. Solo asleep at the wheel with two children sleeping in the back seat while her car’s engine was running, according to the district attorney’s office. A police officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol and asked her to take field sobriety tests, but Ms. Solo refused, prosecutors said.
She was arrested but refused to submit to 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 the news release. That’s three times North Carolina’s legal limit of .08. In addition, the test showed that she had THC in her system, prosecutors said.
Ms. Solo is considered one of the best goalkeepers in recent football history. Her two Olympic gold medals came in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. She won the World Cup in 2015 in Canada. In that World Cup and the previous one, she won the award for the best goalkeeper.
However, she also became known for her intemperate behavior which sometimes led to altercations.
In August 2016, after the Swedish team beat the American team in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics, Solo criticized the Swedes’ defensive tactics, calling them “a bunch of cowards.” US Soccer responded by terminating his contract, citing “conduct that is contrary to the principles of the organization.”
She was also suspended for 30 days in 2015 after US Soccer learned through news reports that Ms. Solo had argued with police when her husband, former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on drunk driving charges. .