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Hope Solo arrested for drunk driving, child abuse charges

Police say former United States Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been arrested after she was found passed out driving a vehicle in North Carolina with her 2-year-old twins at the hospital. inside.

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — Former U.S. Women’s National Team star goaltender Hope Solo was arrested after she was found passed out driving a vehicle in North Carolina with her 2-year-old twins years inside, police said.

A police report says Solo was arrested Thursday in a mall parking lot in Winston-Salem and charged with impaired driving, resisting a public officer and child abuse. She was released from prison and has a court date of June 28, the report said.

According to an arrest warrant, a passerby noticed Solo passed out behind the wheel for more than an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and the two children in the backseat. A responding officer could smell alcohol, and the warrant stated that Solo had refused a field sobriety test and had his blood drawn instead.

Rich Nichols, a Texas-based attorney who represents Solo, released a statement on Friday but did not respond to specific questions about the charges and said his client would not respond either.

“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 original charges suggest, and that they look forward to the opportunity to defend those charges,” Nichols said.

Solo was fired 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 playing career commendable that has also been marred by controversy.

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

Solo was also involved in an altercation with family members in 2014 that resulted in Solo’s arrest, although charges in that case were ultimately dropped.

Solo made 202 appearances for 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.

In the 2015 World Cup championship run, she allowed just three goals in seven games with five shutouts.

She was elected to the American Football Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony is set for May 21.

Solo married Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 2012. The couple have twins, Vittorio Gengis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens, born March 4, 2020.


AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.

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