American football icon falls from her pedestal: Hope Solo arrested drunk while children were in her car

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Hope Solo was arrested in a drunken state while standing in a parking lot with her car and engine running. Her two children were also in the car of American, who became world champion in 2015 and won Olympic gold twice with Team USA.

Vincent Van GenechtenSource: New York Times, De Telegraaf

Solo, now 40, has since been released again, according to various American media, but will have to appear in court on June 28 for driving under the influence, insulting a police officer and child abuse.

According to a witness, Solo would have been behind the wheel with the engine running for at least an hour, unable to drive away. An alerted policeman detected an alcohol smell, but Solo refused a breathalyzer. She was then taken away and had to donate blood.

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Solo announced via social media that she could not explain the case, but stated that she is at home with her family, that her children are everything to her and that the story is less serious than the initial indictment suggests.

Solo made 202 appearances for Team USA and is considered an icon in the US.

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