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Soccer Star Abby Wambach Arrested for Drunk Driving

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Retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach was arrested for allegedly driving while drunk in Portland, Ore., authorities said.

The 35-year-old Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion was pulled over late Saturday night and later booked in Multnomah County Jail early Sunday morning on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants after police say she failed field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test.

Wambach apologized to her fans on Facebook, saying she took “full responsibility” for the DUII arrest, which she said happened after she had 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,” 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.”

One of Wambach’s sponsors, MINI USA, condemned the arrest and announced late Sunday that it would pull its automobile ads that feature her, according to the Associated Press. “This behavior is against the values we promote as an organization and the safety of everyone on the road is a priority here at MINI. Because of this, we are re-evaluating her association with the brand and are pulling content that individually features Abby from our marketing,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to assess the situation and weigh our options.”

Wambach was “polite and cooperative” during the investigation, the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. She was released on own recognizance after processing, according to jail records.

Police say she was stopped after her 2014 Range Rover was spotted failing to stop for a red light.

The soccer star played her last game for the U.S. on Dec. 16 in New Orleans, the final stop on Team USA’s World Cup victory tour.

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