Tiger Woods Wasn’t Driving Drunk. He Just Passed Out Behind The Wheel
When someone is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, people typically assume that alcohol was involved. That was not the case with Tiger Woods over Memorial Day weekend.
Woods said in a statement Monday that he had not been drinking before his arrest, but pointed to an “unexpected reaction” to prescription drugs as the probable cause. According to arrest records obtained by the Palm Beach Post, that’s exactly why police charged him for DUI.
The 14-time major champion was found asleep at the wheel of his black Mercedes-Benz in the right lane of a road early Monday morning, the Palm Beach Post reports. Woods was buckled in the driver’s seat with the car running and his right blinker on when police approached the car and had to wake the golfer up.
The 41-year-old golfer was arrested on a charge of DUI and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, according to the Palm Beach County court records. (RELATED: Tiger Woods Claims ‘Alcohol Was Not Involved’ In DUI Arrest)
Woods was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail around 7 a.m. Monday and released on his own recognizance a few hours later, according to jail records.
The once electrifying golfer underwent back surgery five weeks ago, but a recent update posted to his website said it successfully eliminated his pain and he hasn’t “felt this good in years.” Despite that, he’s taking the remainder of the PGA Tour season off to recover and is apparently still using medication. The arrest documents show that he recorded a .000 BAC during his breath test during his arrest.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”