Tiger Woods was asleep with engine running but no booze in system: Cops
Tiger Woods was conked out behind the wheel of his Mercedes but there was no booze in his system.
Cops say Woods, 41, was alone and wearing his seat belt when Jupiter Police officers found his luxury vehicle early Monday in the right lane on a Florida road. The car’s engine was running and its lights were on.
But Woods, had “extremely slow and slurred speech” and told officers he took several prescriptions. The report added that the former PGA superstar was confused and asked how far he was from home.
He failed a roadside sobriety test but a breath test revealed there was no booze in his system.
Woods said an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medicine — not alcohol — was the reason for his arrest. He said he understands the severity of the incident and takes full responsibility.
“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” he said. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
Woods said he wanted to apologize to his family, friends and fans, adding that “I expect more from myself, too.”
“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” he said.
One of his former girlfriends was saddened by the sudden turn of events.
“I saw the news, I only feel compassion for the guy. I think he’s a good person, and it’s kind of sad,” former Woods’ playmate Cori Rist told the New York Post.
“I think he’s a good person, and clearly he’s a good father, and he’s going through a difficult time, and I think people should offer support instead of applauding his downfall. I just wish him the best, and I hope to see a good outcome from all of this, and I think he’ll be OK.”
Woods’ once gleaming career began unraveling in November 2009 when the National Enquirer dropped the bombshell that the golfer had been cheating on his then-wife Elin Nordegren.
At first, it was New York City nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel and then a tidal wave of golf groupies, porn stars and waitresses followed claiming they had affairs with the PGA star.
Two days before the story appeared, Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade. He was not charged.
Woods then entered a 45-day rehab program and offered a mea culpa to disappointed fans: “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to.”
The one-time child prodigy was never the same golfer again and has been riddled with injuries.
Most recently, he pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic last February.
Last month he underwent surgery on his troubled back. Woods posted in a blog that his back was better after the surgery.
“I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote, adding he would not return to the tour for several months.
“Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me,” he wrote. “I am concentrating on short-term goals. There’s a long way to go, but as I said, words cannot convey how good it feels to be pain-free.”
Woods’ arraignment in Palm Beach County court on a DUI charge is scheduled for July 5.
-With files from AP