Hope Solo: Police charge former US star goalkeeper with driving offence

The former American football goalkeeper Hope Solo has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

A spokesman for the Winston-Salem Police Department in North Carolina said the 40-year-old was arrested in a Walmart parking lot on Thursday.

Her two-year-old twins were sitting in the car when she was found dizzy behind the wheel with the engine running, police say.

She was charged with unlawful driving, resisting arrest and child molestation before being released.

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Hope Amelia Stevens (Hope Solo) after she was arrested. Image: Winston-Salem Police Department

A police spokesman said: “Based on the impending indictment, no further information will be provided about this arrest.”

A statement was posted on Solo’s Twitter account, attributed to her lawyer Rich Nichols.

It read: “On advice from counsel, Hope can not talk about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than what the original allegations suggest, and that she is looking forward to her ability to defend those allegations. “

Solo is considered one of the greatest female goalkeepers and she helped the American team win two Olympic golds and a World Cup.

But her career was also controversial: she was fired from the team after the 2016 Olympics, after an incident where she called the Swedish team “cowardly” for having taken a defensive stance against the defending gold medalists.

She was suspended for 30 days in 2015 after she and her husband were stopped in an American football-owned van, and he was charged with driving while intoxicated.

She was also benched after questioning coach Greg Ryan’s starting lineup during the 2007 World Cup.

Solo will appear in court on June 28.

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