Retired soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI in OR

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 11:07 PM

Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said in a statement Sun that a Sgt stopped the 35-year-old Saturday night after she reportedly ran a ruddy light in her Range Rover close downtown.

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI in OR

Retired World Cup soccer winner Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving below the influence.

Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said in a statement Sun that a Sgt stopped the 35-year-old Saturday night after she reportedly ran a ruddy light in her Range Rover near downtown.

Simpson says Wambach failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. He says she also failed a breath test at the police precinct.

Wambach, who lives in Portland, was booked into Multnomah County Jail early Sun on a charge of Driving Below the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) - Alcohol. Jail booking records indicate she was released Sun on her own recognizance.

Wambach is the leading career scorer — male or female — in international soccer with one hundred eighty-four career goals. She retired in December after 15-years with the U. S. women'south national team.

She issued a statement on her Facebook page on Sun morning, writing she was arrested as she was returning residence from dinner at a friend's house.

"Those that know me, know that I've always demanded excellence from myself. I've let myself and others down. I get full responsibility for my actions," she wrote. "This is all on me. I promise that I'll do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible error is never repeated.

"I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that see to chase a better example."

The Portland Police Bureau said Wambach was "polite and cooperative throughout the investigation."

Wambach capped her career latest summer with the sport'south most prestigious championship when the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in Canada at the World Cup. It was the third World Cup title for the U. S. women, and first since 1999.

Wambach announced her retirement in October. Since she stepped far from the team, she's made several appearances in charity events and also campaigned for former U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She played her latest match with the team in December, a 1-0 loss to China in New Orleans.

Wambach appeared in four World Cups with the national team. She also has a pair of Olympic gold medals from the two thousand four Games in Athens and the two thousand twelve Games in London. She didn't compete in the Beijing Games because of a broken leg.

Wambach has also been active in fighting for equal rights for female athletes. She led a grouping of players in protesting FIFA'south decision to play the two thousand fifteen World Cup on artificial turf, which is considered by many players to be inferior to grass.

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