Tiger Woods was found asleep in his car before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Monday, but passed two breathalyzer tests following the stop.
Woods claimed alcohol was not involved in the incident and that he had “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
The two breathalyzer tests would seem to back up Woods’ claims.
Woods was arrested about 3 a.m. Monday, Jupiter police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said. He was booked into a local jail and released on his own recognizance with no bond a few hours later, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s online records.
According to the police report, Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes Benz in the middle of the road. The car was running and his right blinker was flashing.
Woods originally told the officer that he was coming from golfing in Los Angeles and that he was unaware where he was. But Woods then changed his story and where he was coming from.
The report claims Woods’ speech was “extremely slow and slurred, mumbled, confused.”
In his statement, the golfer apologized to family, friends and fans. “I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
Woods has a home on Jupiter Island.
he 41-year-old Woods has undergone multiple back surgeries and hasn’t played competitive golf since he was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
His most recent operation — his fourth since 2014 — was just more than a month ago when he underwent fusion surgery on his back. Woods said in a blog post published last Wednesday that “it was instant nerve relief.”
“I haven’t felt this good in years,” he said.
Woods also said in the post that his long-term prognosis for returning to professional golf is positive, but that he won’t be able to twist his back for another two to three months.
“Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me,” he wrote. “I am concentrating on short-term goals.
“I want to thank my doctors for their great work and support throughout this process. I also want to thank the fans for your phenomenal support. It means more than you know. There’s a long way to go, but as I said, words cannot convey how good it feels to be pain-free.”
Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008, when he won the US Open in sudden death over Rocco Mediate. Shortly after the win, Woods announced he would undergo reconstructive ACL surgery on his left knee and would miss the rest of the PGA Tour season.
This is not Woods’ first high-profile mishap. In November 2009, the golfer was taken to a hospital after he was injured in a car accident in front of his Orlando, Florida, home. The episode mushroomed into a scandal in the days afterward when it became public that Woods had been unfaithful to his then-wife, Elin Nordegren.
Woods took a break from professional golf and later apologized for having extramarital affairs and for letting down both his fans and his family. Woods and Nordegren were divorced in 2010.
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