Court documents released by the Palm Beach Post now paint a clearer picture of what really happened.
Around 3 a.m., police found Woods, 41, asleep behind the wheel with the engine running while the car was stopped, according to their report. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz was parked in the right lane of a road in his hometown of Jupiter, Florida.
He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence while driving. He was also cited for improper stopping in an illegal place.
Woods originally told officers that he was returning from a golf event in Los Angeles, but he repeatedly changed his story, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Per the report, Woods seemed completely unaware of where he was. He reportedly asked the officers how far he was from his house.
According to police, Woods was cooperative. However, his speech was “extremely slow and slurred, mumbled and confused.”
Perhaps the most significant bit of news to emerge from the police reports was that Woods took two separate breathalyzer tests. He scored a .000 both times. This corroborates Woods’ statement that he had not had any alcohol and instead was suffering from an unexpected reaction to his prescription medicine for his back. He is recovering from spinal fusion surgery in April.
“I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” Woods said in a statement Monday night. “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.”
According to the report, Woods told police he was taking several anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications, including “soloxex,” “vicodin,” “torix” and “viox.”
Woods is potentially facing a fine of up to $1,000, 50 hours of community of service (or an additional fine of up to $10 per hour of community service) and up to six months in jail. Those are the maximum possible penalties for a first-time DUI misdemeanor in the state of Florida.
This incident is the latest setback in Woods’ pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 Majors. Woods sits at 14 Majors, but injuries and other struggles have made Nicklaus’ record seem out of reach.
The April procedure was his fourth major back surgery since 2014.
Woods has plummeted all the way to 867th in the most recent World Golf rankings. He has not had a PGA tour win since 2013.
His arraignment hearing is set for July 5.
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