Lawyer: No appearance at Florida DUI hearing for Tiger Woods

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By: Associated Press
August 9, 2017

Tiger Woods / Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence and will enter a diversion program later this year, a Florida prosecutor said.

Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis said Woods' attorney entered the plea on his behalf. The 41-year-old golf superstar will enter a diversion program on Oct. 25.

Woods' attorney Douglas Duncan had no comment. Woods was not in the courtroom on Wednesday.

Under the plea deal, prosecutors will drop the DUI charge from his arrest in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and an anti-insomnia drug. No alcohol was found in his system.

Such plea deals are offered to many first-time DUI offenders in Palm Beach County.

By agreeing to enter the program for first-time DUI defendants, Woods will have to plead guilty to reckless driving and receive a year's probation.


By: CBS News | AP
June 20, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is receiving help to manage his medications.

"I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder," Woods said in a statement on Monday night.

"I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour."

Woods was charged with driving under the influence after police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz about 2 a.m. May 29. Breath tests showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told officers he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax. His arraignment has been delayed until Aug. 9.

Woods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course.

Police video showed that Woods couldn't follow simple instructions or keep his balance during a dazed and disoriented encounter with police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Nike said it is keeping its sponsorship of Woods. A spokesman told CBS News recently, "There is no change in our relationship with Tiger."


By: Associated Press
May 31, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Florida have released video of Tiger Woods' DUI arrest .

Jupiter police released the dash-cam footage Wednesday night.

Officers on patrol early Monday noticed a Mercedes pulled awkwardly to the side of the road with the engine running, the brake lights on, and a right turn signal blinking.

Both tires on the left side of the car were flat, and police described fresh damage to the driver's side.

The video shows officers approach the car and Woods, who didn't know where he was. The footage also shows Woods stumble and sway through a field sobriety test before being arrested.

A breath test registered a blood alcohol level of 0.00 percent. Woods later said his condition was caused by prescription medications.

Woods is to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County court on the DUI charge.


By: Associated Press
May 30, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Police say Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel but had no alcohol in his system when officers spotted his car stopped along a Florida road.

An affidavit released Tuesday said Woods was alone and wearing his seat belt when Jupiter Police officers found his Mercedes early Monday in the right lane. The car's engine was running and its lights were on.

The report says officers woke Woods, who had "extremely slow and slurred speech" and told them he took several prescriptions.

According to the report, Woods was confused and asked how far he was from his Hobe Sound home. Officers said Woods was cooperative but failed a roadside sobriety test. Breath tests showed no alcohol in his system, and Woods also agreed to a urine test.

Woods' arraignment in Palm Beach County court on a DUI charge is scheduled for July 5.


By: Associated Press
May 29, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods says an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine led to his arrest on a DUI charge in Florida.

Woods spent nearly four hours in the Palm Beach County Jail after being arrested early Monday on suspicion of DUI.

The 14-time major champion says in a statement that alcohol wasn't involved. Woods says he didn't realize the mix of medications affected him that strongly.

He also says he understands the severity of what he did and takes full responsibility.

Woods had a fourth back surgery on April 20. He wrote in an update on his website last Wednesday that the fusion surgery gave him instant relief from pain and that he hasn't felt this good in years.


By: CBS News | AP
May 29, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- Golfing great Tiger Woods is out of jail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to online booking records.

A spokeswoman for Jupiter Police tells CBS affiliate WPEC an officer pulled him over around 3 a.m. on Military Trail in Jupiter, Fla.

Woods, 41, was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail and booked at 7 a.m. He was released just before 11 a.m on his own recognizance, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says on its website. He has been charged under a driving under the influence statute.

The Jupiter Police spokeswoman did not immediately have information on what led the officer to pull over Woods, reports the station.

Woods has played in just one event in 2017, according to CBS Sports. The world's former number one golfer pulled out of The Masters earlier this year. He's now recovering from fusion surgery on his back.

In an update on his website last Wednesday, before his arrest, Woods said he hasn't "felt this good in years" after the April fusion surgery. He said he wants to get back on the PGA tour.

The surgery meant missing all the majors for the second straight year. It was his fourth dating back to spring of 2014.

Woods had a second back surgery in September 2014, and a third one in November 2014, and then sat out for 15 months until returning last December at his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he made 24 birdies but tied for 15th in an 18-man field. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines in late January, and then flew to Dubai and withdrew after opening with a 77.

That was his last round.

"I could no longer live with the pain I had," Woods wrote. "We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked. I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn't do much. Even lying down hurt. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope."

Woods said he was encouraged that Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins and Dudley Hart are among those who have had fusions or disc replacements and all returned to play.

Woods said he is not contemplating when he might play again. He said he can't twist for three more months and he is concentrating only on short-term goal.

"There's no hurry," Woods said. "But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again."