Former US goalkeeper Hope Solo pleads guilty to driving while disabled | football

Former US guard Hope Solo has pleaded guilty to driving while disabled and said she “slowly returned” after receiving care at an inpatient alcohol treatment program following her arrest in late March.

Solo was found unconscious behind the wheel of her car in a North Carolina parking lot on March 31 and charged with obstructed driving, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse. Her two children were in the car at the time of the arrest.

Her attorney, Chris Clifton, said the misdemeanor child abuse and resisting arrest charges were voluntarily dismissed, according to Winston-Salem Magazine.

The newspaper reported that Forsyth District Judge Victoria Romer gave Solo a 24-month suspended prison sentence and a sentence of 30 days. She was given a 30-day credit for the time she spent at the inpatient rehabilitation facility.

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“I take pride in myself as motherhood and what my husband and I have done day in and day out for over two years throughout the pandemic with two-year-old twins,” she wrote in a social media post.

“While I’m proud of us, it was really hard and I made a terrible mistake. Easily the worst mistake of my life. I understand how alcohol has become a destructive part of my life. The upside to making a mistake of this magnitude is that hard lessons are learned quickly and, at times, well. Very painful.”

The 40-year-old went on to thank her family, friends, fans, legal team and staff at the treatment facility. “I am still a student in the greatest school called life and I will continue to learn and grow from these experiences,” she said.

“I will continue to gain empathy, knowledge and stories to share. I consider this a gift to pass on to others because shared pain relieves pain.”

Solo, widely considered one of the greatest goalkeepers in the game, helped the United States win two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup. She was scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in late April but requested that the ceremony be postponed.

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