PORTLAND, Ore. (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants Tuesday in a county courtroom in Portland, court records show.
The plea means Wambach could have her charges dismissed within a year by enrolling in a diversion program available to first-time offenders, The Oregonian reported. A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge also ordered a Breathalyzer be installed in Wambach’s vehicle and that she undergo drug and alcohol treatment, the newspaper reported.
The 35-year-old retired soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested April 2 after police said she ran a red light in downtown Portland and failed field sobriety tests. Her blood alcohol content was .13 percent, above Oregon’s limit of .08 percent.
Wambach was later released on her recognizance and has since apologized.
“Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself,” she wrote on Facebook after her arrest. “I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions,” she wrote. “This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.”
Wambach is the leading career scorer — male or female — in international soccer with 184 goals.
Wambach appeared in four World Cups during her 15 years with the national team. She also has a pair of Olympic gold medals from the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2012 Games in London. She did not compete in the Beijing Games because of a broken leg.
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