Retired soccer star keeping appearance at UK following DUI arrest

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Abby Wambach mug shot from DUI arrest in Portland, Oregon 4-2-16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Legendary U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach is still expected at an event at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, despite being arrested over the weekend in Oregon for driving under the influence, according to the university.

The retired 35-year old was released from jail on her own recognizance after being charged with misdemeanor DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants), according to booking information from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Wambach was driving a 2014 Range Rover and was stopped at 11:05 p.m. Saturday by Portland police after reportedly failing to stop for a red light, according to a release from the Portland police.

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A sergeant observed signs that Wambach was under the influence of alcohol, according to police. Wambach failed a field sobriety test and was arrested, according to police. She later failed a breath test at the police station, according to police. Police say she was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation.

Wambach posted an apology on her Facebook page Sunday.

“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,” the statement said.

“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.”

Wambach retired from the U.S. national team at the end of last year after the Americans won the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She is the United States’ all-time leading scorer with 184 goals in 255 national team appearances.
In 2012 she was selected FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, becoming the second American to win the honor after Mia Hamm.

Wambach is scheduled to be a part of the Women of the World Series event at Memorial Hall on UK’s campus in Lexington on Tuesday, April 5th at 8pm.

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