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Soccer star Wambach arrested for DUII in Portland

UPDATE: Takes "full responsibility" in posted statement


MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Mary Abigail 'Abby' WambachRetired professional soccer player Abby Wambach was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in downtown Portland last Saturday.

Wambach, who played in both Olympic and World Cup matches, was charged with DUII.

Wambach was released on her own recognizance after being processing at the Multnomah County Jail. She owns a home in Portland.

After she was released, Wambach posted a statement on her Facebook page taking responsibility for her actions. It says:

"Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend's house.

"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."

-Wambach was a member of the US Women’s World Cup team that defeated Japan in July 2015 to win the World Cup. She is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer.

The arrest came after Portland police increase traffic patrols following a spike in serious crashes and fatalities. Both have nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, despite the City Council adopting a Vision Zero goal of no traffic-related deaths or serious injuries.

According to police, at 11:05 p.m. on April 2, a Central Precinct sergeant stopped a 2014 Range Rover at Southwest 14th Avenue and Yamhill Street after observing the driver fail to stop for a red light at Southwest 13th Avenue and Taylor Street.

The sergeant contacted the driver — identified as 35-year-old Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach — and observed signs that she was under the influence of alcohol. A Traffic Division officer responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Wambach failed field sobriety tests and, based on the test failure and other indicators of impairment, she was arrested. Wambach was handcuffed and transported by police to Central Precinct in the downtown Justice Center for a breath test, which she failed.

Wambach was handcuffed and transported by police to Central Precinct in Downtown Portland for a breath test, which she failed.

Police say Wambach was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation.