Hope Solo is serving a prison sentence for drunk driving. The former United States goalkeeper (40) also received a 24-month suspended sentence from a North Carolina court. The AP news agency quoted a statement from the public prosecutor’s office. Solo previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in late March.
A police patrol found her passed out in her car in a parking lot in the large city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the engine running and her two-year-old twins sitting in the back seat. According to the newspaper “Winston-Salem Journal”, the ex-goalkeeper gave up her driver’s license and apologized to her family and fans. She was credited with 30 days for the time she spent in an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Solo said in a post on Instagram: “I underestimated how devastating a part of my life alcohol had become.” The blood test after the incident showed Solo had three times the legal alcohol level in his blood. In her post, the former USA goalkeeper admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has brought problems to her family with two young children. Overall, the three-time Olympic champion and world champion from 2015 has played more than 200 times for the USA national team. She has been married to former professional footballer Jerramy Stevens since 2012.
The court imposed other conditions, including addiction treatment. Solo also has to pay a $2,500 fine and $600 for all lab tests. Some of the original allegations against her, such as resisting an officer and abusing children, have been dropped, the newspaper quoted her lawyer as saying.