New footage released today shows the moment Hope Solo was yanked from her car by police on the night of her DWI arrest after she passed out behind the wheel with her two-year-old twins in the back.
Solo, 41, was arrested on March 31 after being discovered in her car in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Walmart parking lot. Her two-year-old twins, Lozen and Vittorio, were in the backseat of the car, and the engine was still running.
The ex-USWNT goalkeeper was later convicted and hit with a 30-day prison-sentence, which she did not have to serve because of the month she spent in rehab following the incident. She describes the night as ‘the biggest mistake of my life’.
The video from that night, published today by Queen City News, shows a police officer knocking on the driver’s window of the car before a startled Solo responds ‘Oh, my God’.
She is asked: ‘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 claims she had pulled over to ‘take a nap’.
When asked how much she had to drink, the World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist says: ‘It’s OK if I…’ before trailing off. She later responds to the same question ‘I’ve had not’ and ‘I’m perfectly fine, thank you sir’, adding that she has had ‘zero alcohol’ while scrolling through her phone.
Solo then takes a phone call.
‘I was just trying to take a nap because I’m so f***ing 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,’ Solo says, speaking into her phone.
Hope Solo is shown on the night of her DWI arrest in new footage released today
Earlier in the video, a startled Solo responded to officers through the window of her car
Solo was later yanked from her car while her two-year-old twins cried in the back
Solo has two twins with former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. The children were in the car with her when she was arrested for DWI in March
Ex-US women’s national team keeper Solo was arrested March 31 on alcohol-related charges
MOMENTS LEADING UP TO SOLO BEING YANKED FROM HER CAR
Police officer G.J. Mager: ‘Ma’am, how much have you had to drink tonight?’
Solo: ‘Nothing, sir.’
Mager: ‘Nothing? So, you’ll be willing to submit to field sobriety tests?’
Solo: ‘No, sir.’
Mager: ‘Okay. You understand that by not submitting to field sobriety tests, we can…’
Solo: ‘I don’t have to… anything. I was just taking a nap in a Walmart parking lot, I was good.’
Mager: ‘Step on out of the vehicle for me.’
She is later pulled from the car, while her two-year-old twins cry in the back seats, after suggesting she would not submit to field sobriety tests.
Solo is later handcuffed after continuing to tell officers she was simply napping and declining to submit to tests.
According to an arrest warrant about the March incident, a passerby noticed Solo passed out behind the steering wheel for more than an hour with the vehicles engine running and the two children in the backseat.
A responding officer could smell alcohol, and the warrant said Solo refused a field sobriety test.
Solo, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest female goalkeepers in history, lives with former NFL star husband Jerramy Stevens and twins Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens, in the town of Roaring Gap.
Following the March incident, the former soccer star decided to postpone her Hall of Fame induction ceremony, writing: ‘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 was taken to the magistrate’s office, where she refused to take a Breathalyzer test, so police got a search warrant for a blood sample. Solo had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit.
Tests also showed that Solo had THC in her system, according to a police report.
Solo has had previous brushes with the law, including one in 2014 when she was arrested at her home in Washington for allegedly assaulting her nephew and a half-sister. That case was later dismissed after prosecution witnesses declined to testify against her.
Solo, pictured with her husband and one of their children has had multiple brushes with the law, including a 2014 arrest for allegedly assaulting her nephew and a half-sister
Solo is pictured kissing Stevens after winning the final match between USA and Japan during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Solo made 202 appearances for the United States in her playing career, winning 153 games
Solo also was unceremoniously kicked out of the national team in 2016, after she was dismissed during the Brazil Olympics for calling the Swedish team ‘cowards’ for taking a defensive stance against the defending gold medalists, ending a laudable playing career that was also marred by controversy.
She was suspended for 30 days in early 2015 after she and her husband were pulled over in a US Soccer-owned van and Stevens was charged with DUI.
She was also benched after publicly questioning coach Greg Ryan´s decision to start Briana Scurry against Brazil during the 2007 World Cup, comments many saw as a slight against Scurry.
Solo made 202 appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. She won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals with the team.
During the 2015 World Cup championship run, she allowed just three goals in seven games with five shutouts.
She was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony was set for May 21, but Solo requested that the ceremony be delayed until next year.