Abby Wambach Pleads Guilty In DUI Case, Soccer Star Avoids Jail
Abby Wambach has pleaded guilty in her DUI case, and the former member of the U.S. National Soccer Team will avoid jail.
On Tuesday, the 35-year-old athlete agreed to enroll in a year-long diversion program after pleading guilty to misdemeanor DUI, a charge she initially pleaded not guilty to earlier this month. The judge reportedly ordered Wambach to complete drug and alcohol assessment and treatment, install a breathalyzer into her car, and abstain from drinking while in the diversion program. The program, which would lead to the dismissal of her her drunk driving charge if successfully completed, is available to first-time offenders.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Wambach was picked up by police in downtown Portland, Oregon after her Range Rover ran a red light on April 3. The U.S. team’s all-time leading soccer scorer, she failed a field sobriety test at the time, leading to her arrest. Wambach also failed a breathalyzer test in the police precinct. She was then booked into Multnomah County Jail, but later released on her own recognizance.
Following her arrest, the soccer star posted an apology on Facebook. She expressed, “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. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.” Wambach added, “I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.”