Former Washington Husky and Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo was taken into police custody Thursday in North Carolina and charged with impaired driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse.
A Winston-Salem police spokeswoman told The Seattle Times that Solo was arrested at a Walmart parking lot and taken to the Forsyth County jail where she was processed and released.
Solo’s two children she has with husband and former UW Husky and Seattle Seahawk Jerramy Stevens were in her car at the time of her arrest, according to arresting documents.
The Winston-Salem police declined to provide further details, citing an ongoing criminal investigation.
Solo’s lawyer, Rich Nichols, released a statement on her Twitter account.
“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,” the statement said.
She was suspended by U.S. Soccer for 30 days in early 2015 after she and husband Stevens were pulled over in a U.S. Soccer-owned van and Stevens was charged with DUI. She also was benched after publicly questioning coach Greg Ryan’s decision to start Briana Scurry against Brazil during the 2007 World Cup, comments many saw as a slight against Scurry.
City prosecutors dropped those charges in 2018, saying the witnesses in the case wanted to move on with their lives and did not want to participate in a trial.
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, ending a laudable playing career that also was marred by controversy.
Solo, 40, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who helped the United States women’s soccer team win the World Cup in 2015.
The Richland native starred with the Washington Huskies (1999-2002) before rising to acclaim during a 13-year professional career that included stints with the Seattle Sounders Women (2012) and Reign (2013-16).
Solo, who is regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers of all time, was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in January.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.