Ex-USWNT Goalkeeper Hope Solo Accused Of DWI, Misdemeanor Child Abuse

WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Future Hall of Fame U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, a Washington native, was arrested Thursday in North Carolina on charges of DWI, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse, according to reports.

Solo, 40, was arrested in a Walmart parking lot in Winston-Salem, TMZ Sports reported. She was taken to the Forsyth County jail for processing.

Online records obtained by USA TODAY showed she was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse.

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TMZ reported that Solo was with her husband, former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, and their 2-year-old twins.

The Associated Press reported that the Richland, Washington, native was found passed out behind the wheel for more than an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and her two kids in the backseat. A responding officer smelled alcohol, an arrest warrant said. Solo refused a field sobriety test and her blood was drawn instead.

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She was released from jail and was scheduled to appear in court June 28.

“On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend these charges,” her attorney Rich Nichols told AP.

Solo was dismissed from the national team following the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after calling the Swedish team “cowards” for taking a defensive stance against the defending gold medalists.

In 2015, she was suspended for 30 days after she and Stevens were pulled over in a U.S. Soccer-owned van and Stevens was charged with DUI. She was also benched after publicly questioning her coach’s decision to start another player against Brazil during the 2007 World Cup.

In 2014, Solo was also involved in a family altercation that resulted in her arrest. Charges in that case were later dropped.

Despite the scattered off-field incidents, Solo put together an illustrious soccer career.

She finished her collegiate career as the University of Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts, (18), saves (325) and goals against average (1.02).

As a pro, she appeared in more than 200 games with the national team, collecting 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.

She also helped her teams win the World Cup and two Olympic gold medals.

Solo was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony is set for May 21.

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