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Posted: May 29, 2017

Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges in Florida


By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

JUPITER, Fla. —

Update: 5-31-17

Tiger Woods issued a statement after his arrest Monday on charges of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.

Woods said alcohol was not a factor, but that prescription drugs were.

“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” he said.

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He told police he had taken a mixture of four prescription drugs.

Police also confirmed alcohol was not a factor. CBS News reported Woods took two breathalyzer tests, which showed he had a blood alcohol level of zero.

The pro golfer was found asleep at the wheel of his black Mercedes early Monday morning, according to the police report, which also included details about the condition of the car. The vehicle had two flat tires and damage to both rims, and minor damage to the driver’s side bumper and rear bumper.

When he did get out of his car, Woods was swaying and slurring his words, police said. Officers also described his eyes as “extremely droopy.”

He was cited for both driving under the influence and illegal parking, and is scheduled for a court hearing on July 5. 

Original story below.

Golfing great Tiger Woods spent part of Memorial Day in jail in Jupiter, Florida, after his arrest on drunken driving charges in Palm Beach County early Monday morning.

Woods was stopped and arrested around 3 a.m. on suspicion of DUI, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

He was released on his own recognizance later in the morning. 

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Woods, who lives on Jupiter Island, is charged with DUI-unlawful blood alcohol.

In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, Jupiter Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said she did not know which tests were performed on Woods at the scene or in jail, but that more information on the arrest and charges should be available on Tuesday.

Social media erupted over the news, with some questioning why Woods didn’t call a Taxi or Uber.

Woods, 41, has battled medical issues in recent years, including multiple back surgeries. He last hit the links professionally in February, playing the Dubai Desert Classic, but pulled out of that tournament.

Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time. He dominated the sport for almost 20 years with 14 major wins and 79 PGA Tour victories, according to the Golf Channel. 

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He was voted PGA Player of the year 11 times.

In a blog post last week, Woods wrote about the pain of his back injury

“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,” Woods wrote.

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“I could no longer live with the pain I had. We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked,” he added.

Woods said he’s looking forward to returning to competitive golf as soon as he’s able. 

Editor's Note: The headline on this story was changed after additional information about the arrest was released. 

The Palm Beach Post contributed to this story.


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