Soccer Star Abby Wambach Pleads Guilty to Driving While Intoxicated
Abby Wambach plead guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants on Tuesday, changing her initial plea of not guilty.
The 35-year-old soccer pro could see her charge formally dismissed within a year by enrolling in a diversion program available to first-time offenders, and completing the requirements, according to The Oregonion. A breathalyzer will also be installed in Wambach's vehicle, and she must undergo drug and alcohol assessment and treatment.
Wambach was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) in Portland, Oregon, on April 2. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was pulled over just after 11 p.m. after an officer saw her drive through a red light, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office told ET. She was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.
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"Wambach was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Wambach apologized to her fans via Facebook a day later.
"Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down," she wrote. "I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me," she continued. "I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated. I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example."
She also addressed her initial not guilty plea earlier this month.
"My lawyer entered a not guilty plea on my behalf," Wambach tweeted on April 5. "This is standard procedure. I am owning this. Nothing has changed."
Wambach hasn't commented on the guilty plea, but it appears she's keeping it positive. On Friday, she Instagrammed a sweet picture of her talking to a group of young girls at the Fund for Women & Girls annual luncheon, writing, "Yesterday I met some incredible people @FWGFCCF so much fun and inspiring. Thank you."
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ET chatted with Wambach's teammate, Carli Lloyd, last July at Comic-Con, where she talked about the World Cup-winning U.S. women's soccer team memorably joining Taylor Swift onstage at the East Rutherford, New Jersey stop of her 1989 tour.