Former United States Women’s National Team goaltender Hope Solo has been arrested for drunk driving and child abuse after she was discovered passed out driving her vehicle with her two-year-old twins in inside, according to the police.
A police report says Solo was arrested Thursday in a mall parking lot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and charged with impaired driving, misdemeanor child abuse and resisting an officer. public.
The 40-year-old retiree has already been released from prison but is due back in court on June 28, the report obtained by ESPN explained.
According to Solo’s arrest warrant, a passerby noticed her passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle for more than an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and her two children – Vittorio Gengis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens – sitting in the back.
A responding officer insists he could smell alcohol, and the warrant detailed how Solo refused to take a field sobriety test, which meant his blood had to be drawn instead.
Rich Nichols, who is Solo’s attorney, released a statement on Friday but declined to comment on the specific charges.
“On the advice of a lawyer, Hope cannot speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was released immediately and is now home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that they look forward to the opportunity to defend those charges,” said Nichols.
Solo has a checkered past and was memorably fired from the US national team after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for calling her Swedish rivals ‘cowards’ when the Scandinavians set up defensively against her team reigning gold medalist.
Solo was suspended for 30 days before that in early 2015 when she and her husband Jerramy Stevens, a former NFL tight end for the Seattle Seahawks, were arrested in a US Soccer van while Stevens was hit of a DUI charge.
The Washington state native was also ordered to sit on the bench after publicly questioning then-coach Greg Ryan’s decision to pitch positional rival Briana Scurry against Brazil at the 2007 World Cup.
Seven years later, in 2014, Solo was arrested after an altercation with members of her family, although charges stemming from the fracas were eventually dropped.
Solo retired to the Seattle Reign in 2016 after making 202 appearances with the all-conquering USWNT.
Her 102 clean sheets from 153 wins is still a record, and she helped her country become world champions for the third time in 2015 after allowing just three goals in seven matches while leaving the opposition scoreless on five occasions.
Also a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Solo was elected to the American Football Hall of Fame at the turn of 2021 and her induction is scheduled for next month.
At the end of February, she also criticized former teammates for accepting a “heartbreaking and infuriating” $24 million wage settlement related to an equal pay class action lawsuit.
You can share this story on social media: