Video of Hope Solo being pulled from car for DWI after she passed out with children in backseat revealed
The World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist is eventually yanked out of the car, with her twins crying after she refused to submit to sobriety tests
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA: New police bodycam footage shows the moment former US soccer star Hope Solo was pulled out of her car by police on the night of her DWI arrest. Solo had passed out behind the wheel with her twins, 2, in the backseat. The 41-year-old was arrested on March 31, 2022, after she was discovered in her car in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Walmart parking lot. Her engine still ran with the twins, Lozen and Vittorio, in the backseat of the vehicle.
Solo, an ex-USWNT goalkeeper, was convicted and hit with a 30-day prison sentence. However, she did not have to serve the sentence because of the month she spent in rehab following the incident. She has said that the night was the "biggest mistake" of her life.
The new footage was published by Queen City News. It shows a cop knocking on the driver's window of the car before Solo responds. "Oh, my God." "Hi, can you open the door for me? Are you okay? People were kind of concerned you guys were out here sleeping and want to make sure you were okay," Solo is asked. She responds by saying she had pulled over. "Umm... because I took a nap," she says.
When asked how much she drank, Solo says, "It's OK if I...," and trails off. Responding to the same question later, she says, "I've had not," and "I'm perfectly fine, thank you, sir." She adds that she had "'zero alcohol".
Solo is then seen taking a phone call. "I was just trying to take a nap because I'm so f**king tired from driving. Yeah, I, I mean, I pulled over in a Walmart parking lot to take a nap. I have no idea why he's here, but hang on," she tells someone on the phone.
The World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist is eventually yanked out of the car and her twins cry after she allegedly refuses to submit to field sobriety tests. She is handcuffed after she repeatedly tells cops she was only taking a nap, refusing to submit to tests. A responding officer claims he smelled alcohol.
Solo decided to postpone her Hall of Fame induction ceremony following the incident. She said at the time, "I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023. I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol."
Solo, who was taken to the magistrate's office, said she would not take a Breathalyzer test. Police subsequently got a search warrant for a blood sample, and it was found that she had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.24 percent, which is three times the legal limit. A police report showed that the tests also revealed Solo had THC in her system, according to the Daily Mail.
Eventually, Solo was hit with three charges in connection with the case, including driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, and misdemeanor child abuse. She reportedly pleaded guilty to DWI in July, in exchange for which her other two charges were dismissed.