Ex-Seattle Seahawk charged in DUI with wife Hope Solo in van

Ex-Seattle Seahawk charged in DUI with wife Hope Solo in van
Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, shown in 2006, was charged with two misdemeanors for driving under the influence. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Jerramy Stevens -- a former Seattle Seahawks player and husband of soccer phenom Hope Solo -- was charged Monday with driving under the influence.

Stevens, 35, faces two misdemeanor counts: driving with a .08% blood-alcohol content and driving under the influence within 10 years of a prior DUI conviction, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.


If convicted, he faces up to a year in County Jail.

About 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, police stopped Stevens after an officer spotted him driving a U.S. Soccer van with its headlights off in Manhattan Beach.

Stevens, of Kirkland, Wash., refused a blood test or a Breathalyzer, so officers had to secure a search warrant in order to draw a blood sample from him, prosecutors said.

His blood-alcohol concentration was .15% or more, prosecutors alleged.

The former football player is scheduled to be arraigned  March 19 in Torrance.

Solo, a goalkeeper for the U.S. national soccer team, was in the car at the time, police said. She was suspended by Coach Jill Ellis for making "a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates." Solo was reinstated to the team in late February.

In 2007, Stevens was convicted of a DUI in Scottsdale, Ariz., one in a number of incidents that have made the couple a subject of controversy over the last couple of years.

Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former contestant on "Dancing With the Stars," was arrested on domestic violence charges last year, and in July issued a public apology to fans.

She had been accused of assaulting her sister and nephew. A judge in Washington state had dismissed the two counts of domestic violence against her nearly a week before Stevens' arrest.

In November 2012, Stevens, who was Solo's fiance at the time, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting her, but he was never charged.

Stevens was drafted by the Seahawks in 2002, where he played until 2007. He went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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