USWNT legend Wambach changes mind, pleads guilty to DUI charge

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Abby Wambach has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Documents from a county court in Portland show that the former U.S. women’s national team forward pleaded guilty to the DUI charges on Tuesday.

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Wambach, 35, was arrested in the early hours of Apr. 2 after being stopped by police driving in downtown Portland after going through a red light. Initially she pleaded not guilty via her lawyer, but appeared in court on Tuesday to plead guilty.

Court records also previously revealed that Wambach, who retired from soccer in Nov. 2015, used both marijuana and cocaine while a member of the USWNT.

The Oregonian reports that Wambach’s guilty plea means that as a first-time offender she can enter a diversion program and have her charges dismissed within a year.

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They also say that the Multnomah County Circuit Court judge ordered a breathalyzer to be installed in Wambach’s car — the car will only start once Wambach is breathalyzed and passes the legal limit — plus she will undergo drug and alcohol treatment.

Wambach’s blood alcohol content was .13, above Portlland’s limit of .08.

The all-time leading goalscorer in international soccer, World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist released the following statement the day after her arrest. 

Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend’s house.

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.

I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.

– Abby