Police found Tiger Woods was asleep on the switch on the side of a six-lane Florida road in the dark of the morning, the turning of the engine and its right blinker flashing. His speech was slow and slurred, but there was no alcohol in his system and he didn’t know how far away he was from home.
The details contained in a police statement released Tuesday did little to the peculiar circumstances of his residence on Memorial Day morning, only to confirm Woods’ statement that he had not been drinking before he is arrested for suspicion of DUI.
The police described the Forest as “cooperative as much as possible,” saying that he had trouble to open his eyes.
The statement was released a day after the Forest for almost four hours in the Palm Beach County jail on a DUI charge. His mug shot from the jail, provided a clear illustration of how a lot of Woods’ mystique is broken since ten years of domination that golf had never seen.
In a statement Monday evening, the Forests attributed to the arrest of an “unexpected reaction” to prescription drugs.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said.
Woods has not competed in four months, and he had fusion surgery on his lower back — his fourth back surgery since April 2014 — on 20 April, and he will be off the PGA Tour for at least the rest of the season.
He told the police that he had taken a number of requirements.
According to a report of the incident, police described fresh damage to the driver’s side of the car — both tires were flat, along with minor damage to the rims. There also was minor damage to the front, driver’s side front bumper and rear bumper, and the passenger rear tail light turned out to be.
The affidavit said Woods failed a sobriety test on the side of the road because he couldn’t keep his balance or follow instructions. At one point, police said Woods appeared to be on the point of falling over, and an officer rushed over to catch him as he had.
Breath tests, however, showed no alcohol in his system. The police said Woods agreed to a urine test.
Wearing black sports shorts and a white T-shirt, Woods told the police that he had returned from playing golf in Los Angeles. Woods had said on his website last week that he would not be able to turn his back for three months because he surgery.
The report said Woods has changed his story about where he came from and where he was going. His car was parked in a direction to the head of the opposite direction of his home on Jupiter Island.
The statement listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Forests have been reported to take. Vicodin is an opioid analgesic. The other three drugs seem to be spelled out. Is equal in the spelling Solax (a muscle relaxer) or Solox (for acid reflux). Another is similar in spelling to Etorix, an analgesic is not currently approved in the United States.
Painkillers are generally prescribed after such operations, and many carry warnings to avoid driving while taking them. Other medications, including over-the-counter allergy medications or anti-anxiety medications, can also cause drowsiness and are warnings about driving.
The FDA warning for Vicodin says that it “may impair the mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery; patients should be cautioned accordingly.”
Woods told the police that he was recovering from surgery. For the four back surgeries, Woods had four operations on his left knee from his first year at the university of Stanford in 1994.
The report said that Woods was “extremely drowsy,” and the officer observed it was hard for Woods to get his eyes to open and to walk. In the report submitted by the four officers on the scene, Woods kept dozing off, even after his first contact with the police.
“I did not know that the mix of medications has had on me so strong,” Woods said in his statement.
Woods is scheduled to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County on the DUI charges. The police also cited him for improper parking. The report said his Mercedes was parked on the right side of the road with the engine running, the brake lights and the blinker flashing. He was alone.
Woods has not been seen at a golf tournament since he opened with a 77 in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February, the withdrawal of the next day due to back spasms. He was in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open, run by the Tiger Woods Foundation, but he did not come to the course at Riviera because of his back.
He was at the Masters, but only to attend a dinner for past champions.
Woods has 79 career victories on the PGA Tour, second only to Sam Snead. He won 14 majors, the last of the us Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, only a week before his fourth knee surgery, which sidelined him for nearly nine months.
Woods, who had been No. 1 longer than any other golfer, is not a factor since his last win in August 2013 as he battled through back surgeries from a week before the 2014 Masters to his most recent fusion surgery on his lower back.
Associated Press writer Jennifer Kay in Miami contributed to this report.