Retired U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, April 2, the city’s police department confirmed on Twitter.
The athlete, 35, was pulled over after she ran a red light in her 2014 Range Rover. After failing a field sobriety test, she was transported to the Central Precinct in downtown Portland for a breathalyzer test, which she also failed, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. In her 14-year career, she also earned the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2012 and six U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year wins.
The soccer star took to Facebook on Sunday, April 3, to apologize for her actions.
“Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend’s house,” she wrote. “Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself down and others down.”
Wambach continued, “I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. 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.”
According to jail records, the sportswoman was “polite and cooperative throughout the investigation.” She was later released on her own recognizance.
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