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U.S. Women's Soccer Star Abby Wambach Arrested For DUI

"I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated."

Retired U.S. soccer star Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach was arrested Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, a misdemeanor.

Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson confirmed the arrest to The Huffington Post, saying officers pulled over the 35-year-old at 11:05 p.m. after she ran a red light in a 2014 Range Rover.

Abby Wambach was charged with driving under the influence in Portland Saturday night.
Abby Wambach was charged with driving under the influence in Portland Saturday night.

After she failed a field sobriety test, officers transported her to Central Precinct in downtown Portland for a breath test, which she also failed. Simpson couldn't confirm what Wambach's blood alcohol level was at the time of the arrest. 

The two-time Olympic gold medalist was "polite and cooperative throughout the investigation" and was released after processing, Simpson said.

I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.

"Last night I was arrested for [driving under the influence of intoxicants] in Portland after dinner at a friend's house," Wambach wrote in a statement on Facebook Sunday afternoon. "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," she continued. "I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example."

Wambach has played on four Women’s World Cup teams, winning in 2015, and is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 184 goals. Per Bleacher Report, Wambach surpassed previous record-holder Mia Hamm in 2013.

This story has been updated with Wambach's statement. 

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