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Former Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested For Child Abuse, Impaired Driving, Resisting Arrest
The 40-year old former soccer player was allegedly found passed out inside a vehicle with her two children in a North Carolina Walmart parking lot.
Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. soccer player Hope Solo, whose married name is Hope Stevens, was arrested Thursday after being found in a car with her two children in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Walmart parking lot.
Witnesses allegedly saw the 40-year-old asleep behind the wheel of her running vehicle with two children in the backseat for more than an hour and called police, according to reviewed by Winston-Salem area Fox affiliate WGHP.
Police say that, when they arrived, they had to wake Solo up, that she allegedly smelled of alcohol and that her eyes appeared red and glassy, according court documents seen by the Winston-Salem Journal.
Solo allegedly refused to get out of her car or take a field sobriety test, but the arresting office obtained a search warrant for her blood and/or urine to test for substances.
Stevens was charged with child abuse, impaired driving and resisting arrest, according to the Winston-Salem Police Department. Her license was also revoked for 30 days.
Police announced that she was processed and released from Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center. Due to the impending prosecution, authorities said they will not release further information regarding her arrest.
Solo’s Twitter account issued a statement from her legal counsel Rich Nichols.
“On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation," it read. "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.”
Solo shares two-year-old twins with her husband, former NFL player, Jerramy Stevens.
Over the weekend, Solo posted to her Instagram thanking those who reached out showing their “love and support.”
“Our family is strong and surrounded with love. Our kids are strong, intelligent, happy and vibrant, and we are present everyday giving them the best life possible. We will be able to share the facts in due time,” the post read.
In 2014, Solo was arrested for the alleged domestic assault of two family relatives outside of Seattle. Solo pleaded not guilty and the charges were dropped against her in 2018, according to People.
Solo's next court appearance is scheduled for June 28 in Forsyth County.