Abby Wambach Pleads Guilty to DUI Charges: Reports

The retired soccer player will have to enroll in a diversion program

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Former soccer player Abby Wambach pleaded guilty to a DUI charge on Tuesday, according to reports.

Despite originally pleading not guilty, Wambach, 35, changed her plea in court, after learning that if she enrolls in a diversion program her charge could be dismissed within a year is she completes the requirements, the Orgegonian reports.

According to the newspaper, the program is available to first-time offenders, and requires Wambach to go through dug and alcohol assessment and treatment, as well as requiring the retired athlete to blow into a tube, proving that she’s sober, to start her car.

Wambach – who was a longtime member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team – was arrested last weekend after being pulled over around 2 a.m. by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. She was subsequently charged with driving under the influence.

Following her arrest, Wambach took to Facebook to apologize for her actions.

“Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down,” she wrote. “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.”

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