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Abby Wambach DUI: Soccer Champ Busted for Driving Under the Influence

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This undated photo provided by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows retired World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach, arrested for investigation of driving under the influence. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

By    |   Monday, 04 Apr 2016 11:38 AM

Abby Wambach was charged with a DUI and arrested in Portland, Oregon, early Sunday morning after international soccer's all-time leading scorer ran a stop light downtown.

The recently retired U.S. women's national soccer team star was pulled over at 11:05 p.m. Saturday night by Portland police, The Oregonian reported. Wambach was booked and released on her own recognizance after 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department's website.

USA Today reported that Wambach was taken into custody after failing a field sobriety tests and she later failed a breath test at the Central Precinct in downtown Portland.

The official charge of DUII, or driving while under the influence of intoxicants, is an Oregon designation that covers suspects accused of being intoxication by liquor, other substances, or inhalants, according to Baker, Rickards, and Wilson law firm website.

Wambach is one of the most decorated female soccer players in U.S. history, representing the country in four Women's World Cup competitions, including in 2015 when the U.S. team captured the world title in Canada, The Oregonian noted.

She won Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. women's team in 2004 and 2012 and named FIFA's women world player of the year in 2012. Wambach was even featured in a Super Bowl commercial for the Mini Cooper in February along with tennis star Serena Williams and baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.



Wambach issued an apology on her Facebook page Sunday.

"Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend's house," she wrote. "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," the statement continued.

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