U.S. Soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI
USA Today reports that Abby Wambach, retired United States women’s soccer star, has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Wambuch, whose arrest was reported by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, was booked early Sunday Morning by the Portland, Oregon police. Wambach, 35, was charged with a misdemeanor DUI charge and was released on her own recognizance.
According to reports from the Portland, Oregon, police department Wambach was stopped at 11:05 p.m. while driving her 2014 Range Rover. The police stopped Wambuch’s car after she failed to stop at a red light. Police at the scene observed indications that she was under the influence of alcohol.
She was asked to submit to a field sobriety test. After consenting to the test and failing it, she was arrested for DUI. Wambuch also took a breath test at the Central Precinct in Portland after her DUI arrest. Police noted she was “cooperative and polite” throughout the DUI stop, arrest, and subsequent detention.
Who is Abby Wambuch?
Abby Wambach, the all-time leading U.S. soccer player, scored 184 goals in 244 national team appearances. She retired from the United States national team last year after the U.S. won the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
In December of last year, she played her last game in New Orleans against China. At the end of the game, attended by more than 30,000 of her fans, she told the fans “how much she loved her country and how much she loved representing them.”
Wambuch has also won two gold medals in 2012 and 2004, and in 2012, after scoring 27 goals and 8 assists, she was selected as the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, only the second U.S. woman to be honored for this award after Mia Hamm.
Comments from Wambach
Following the DUI arrest on Sunday she posted an apology on Facebook. The apology read as follows:
"Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions," the statement said.
"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.”
If convicted of her first DUI in Portland, Oregon, Wambuch could face up to one year in jail, a minimum of $1,000 in fines, a license suspension, and up to 80 hours of community service.