Abby Wambach pleads guilty to drunk driving, will enter diversion program

Retired U.S. women’s national team star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on Tuesday.
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Retired U.S. women’s national team star Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on Tuesday, according to court records. Wambach had initially pleaded not guilty. 

Wambach is now set to enter a diversion program, which is available to first time-offenders, reports Everton Bailey Jr. of The Oregonian. If she meets the conditions of the program, the charges against her could be dismissed within a year. 

A judge also ordered that Wambach complete drug and alcohol assessment and treatment. The former soccer star will be required to have a breathalyzer installed in her car to ensure sobriety before driving.

Wambach, 35, was arrested in Portland on misdemeanor DUII charges after she was pulled over for failing to stop at a red light. She was booked at the Multnomah County Jail for driving under the influence of intoxicants. She was released after processing.

Wambach’s blood alcohol content at the time of the incident was .13 percent. The legal limit in Oregon is .08 percent.

Wambach retired from soccer after a successful 15-year career, during which she became the all-time leading goal scorer for American women and men in international play. She played in four World Cups and also won gold medals at the 2004 and 2012 games.