A “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in North Carolina.
Hope Solo, who appears in police and court records as Hope Amelia Stevens, was arrested in Winston-Salem on March 31, 2021 and charged with driving with a disability, child abuse misconduct and resisting an officer.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, law enforcement approached Solo while she was in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Winston-Salem Walmart with her two children, twins Lozen and Vittorio.
After her arrest — and ahead of her scheduled court date — Solo voluntarily entered rehab.
“I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested that my Hall of Fame induction ceremony be postponed to 2023. I will voluntarily attend an inpatient alcohol treatment program to address my alcohol issues,” Solo captioned an Instagram post in April November 2022, ahead of the National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Solo spent 30 days at Hope Valley Inc. in Pilot Mountain.
Solo appeared in court on Monday, July 25, 2022, where she entered her guilty plea, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
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For the DWI charge, Forsyth District Judge Victoria Roemer gave Solo “a suspended sentence of 24 months and an active sentence of 30 days.” The former soccer goalkeeper “was credited with 30 days for the time she spent in an inpatient rehabilitation facility,” reports the Winston-Salem Journal.
In addition, Judge Roemer “ordered Solo to pay $2,500 in fines and a $600 fee for the cost of the lab tests. She must also receive a substance abuse evaluation and complete all recommended treatments.”
Solo, who surrendered her driver’s license, had “voluntarily dismissed” the other two charges — child molestation and resisting an officer.
If Solo pays the fines and completes the other matters of judgment, Judge Roemer said she won’t have to serve 24 months behind bars.
Solo posted a statement on Instagram after her court appearance.
“It’s been a long road, but I’m slowly coming back from my break. I am proud of motherhood and what my husband and I have been doing day to day with two year old twins for over two years during the pandemic,” she wrote.
“Although I’m proud of us, it was incredibly tough and I made a big mistake. Simply the worst mistake of my life. I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become,” she continued.
Solo thanked her husband and friends for their support during this challenging time in her life. She also thanked her lawyers.
“The upside of making a big mistake like that is that you learn hard lessons quickly. Learning these lessons has been difficult and at times very painful,” she wrote.
On July 30, 2022, the two-time Olympic champion celebrated her 41st birthday with her children.
“41 and having fun in the sun. Life has just begun,” Solo captioned a photo of her babies playing on the beach.
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