Tiger Woods was in sleep behind the wheel as Florida police against the golfer and eventually arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, a police report released on Tuesday revealed.
Woods was alone in 2015 black Mercedes-Benz when the police to his parked car around 3 pm, Monday in Jupiter, according to the police report obtained by the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday. The car was still running at the time.
Forest had “slow and slurred, mumbled speech, and it was slow, lethargic, [and] not able to walk alone’ on the scene, according to the report.
The breathalyzer test came out negative, but Woods had trouble walking in a straight line during the field sobriety test, the report stated. During the “walk and turn” test, “Forest could not maintain start position” and “missed heel to toe every time.”
Hours after the news broke of his arrest Monday, Woods focused on the incident, saying: “alcohol was not involved.”
The golfer was booked in Palm Beach County jail about 7 hours under his birth name, Eldrick Woods, the data showed.
Woods, 41, was also cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal space. He spent nearly four hours in the jail before he was released on his own recognizance.
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He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 5.
“What happened was an unexpected reaction to the prescribed medication. I did not know that the mix of medications has had on me so strong,” Woods said in the night of Monday statement. “I want to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and fans. I expect more of myself. I will do everything in my power to ensure that this never happens again.”
Woods has not said where he was going at that hour, or where he came from. He was about 20 minutes from his home on Jupiter Island, which he bought in 2006 for $40 million.
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Notah Begay, a close friend and roommate of Woods when they played at Stanford, said on the Golf Channel after the arrest that he spoke to the golfer via sms-messages.
“He looked like he was in a better place,” Begay said.
The 14-time major championship winner has struggled to gain back momentum in his career. He was hurt in a car accident in front of his Orlando home the day after Thanksgiving in 2009 — and shortly afterwards the news of his multiple extramarital relationships on the surface, which leads to his separation with then wife Elin Nordegren a year later.
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The golfer won his last victory in 2013, but has since suffered setbacks due to his back problems. He got his fourth back surgery a month ago. Just five days ago, he wrote in a blog post that he “haven’t felt better in years.” Woods still ranks Number 2 in the PGA Tour history with 79 victories.