US soccer star Hope Solo pleaded guilty to driving drunk on Monday, almost four months after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a car at a North Carolina Walmart with her two-year-old twins in the backseat.
The former goalkeeper for the women’s national team was given a 30-day jail sentence and a 24-month sentence that was put on hold. She was also fined $2,500 and had to pay $600 for lab tests.
Hope Solo, who is 40 years old, got 30 days of credit for the time she spent in an in-patient rehab center. She was also told to get tested for drug abuse and get all of the recommended treatments.
In March, she was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public officer, but her lawyer, Chris Clifton, said that both charges were dropped on their own.
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Hope Solo, from Roaring Gap, was arrested on March 31 after a passerby saw her sleeping for more than an hour in the driver’s seat of a car with the engine running in the parking lot of a Walmart in Winston-Salem. The back seat was filled with Hope Solo’s two kids.
The person who called 911 said that an officer who came to the scene could smell alcohol on Solo.
The goalie refused to take a Breathalyzer, but a warrant-required blood test showed that her blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent, which is three times the legal limit.
In a statement she made after pleading guilty, Solo said that the incident was the worst mistake she had ever made.
“By far the worst mistake I’ve ever made. “I didn’t realize how bad alcohol was for me until it was too late,” she said. “The good thing about making such a big mistake is that you learn hard lessons quickly. It’s been hard and sometimes very painful to learn these lessons.”
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Hope Solo went on social media after her arrest to defend how she raised her children.
“Our family is strong, and love is all around us. “Our kids are strong, smart, happy, and full of life, and we are there every day to give them the best life we can,” Hope Solo said in an Instagram story.
Her husband Jerramy Stevens, who used to play tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, gave birth to twins in March 2020. Their names are Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens.
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