JUPITER, FL.—Professional golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday, May 29, on a Florida roadway. According to a police report released Tuesday, May 30, Woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken by Jupiter Police Department officers.
Woods, 41, was found in his black 2015 Mercedes-Benz at 2:03 a.m. in the 2900 block of Military Trail in Jupiter, Florida. The vehicle was stopped in the right lane with the brake lights on, with the engine running and right blinker flashing. Woods had his seat belt buckled and was wearing black athletic shorts and a white T-shirt.
According to the arresting officer’s report, Woods was “cooperative, confused,” had “extremely slow and slurred speech,” and was unsure of where he was. He stated that he was coming from Los Angeles, where he had been golfing. Woods then indicated that he did not know where he was and asked how far he was from his home in Hobe Sound, which was eight miles away. The report indicates that Wood had “changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from.”
Police asked Woods to complete a field sobriety test. He failed to walk in a straight line, stepping off the line several times and using his arms for balance. He was also unable to stand on one leg and touch his finger to his nose. When asked to recite the alphabet backwards, he replied, “Yes, recite entire National Anthem backwards.” He completed the task after the instructions were explained again.
Woods’ breath test results were .000 and revealed no signs of alcohol in his system. He also took a urine test. According to the police report, he has had four knee surgeries and four Achilles tendon injuries and takes several prescription medications for his medical conditions, including Solarex, Vicodin, Torix, and Vioxx. Woods indicated that he had not taken Vioxx this year.
Woods was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail under his birth name, Eldrick Woods, at 7:18 a.m. on Monday and released at 10:50 a.m. on his own recognizance. He was cited for improper parking and stopping in an illegal place and charged with a single count of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement released Monday. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
He apologized to his family, friends, and fans, adding, “I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”
Woods’ court date is set for July 5.
In November 2009, Woods received a citation for careless driving when he crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree, after leaving his mansion in Windermere, Florida. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Officials suspected him of driving under the influence and sought blood test results, but prosecutors denied the petition due to insufficient information.
Woods has won 14 major golf championships and has been World Number One longer than any other golfer. He has received the PGA Player of the Year award 11 times and is the youngest player to achieve the Grand Slam. Woods has suffered back injuries in recent years, causing him to withdraw from several tournaments. In April, he announced that he had undergone his fourth back surgery and would not be able to participate in any major championships while he recovers. He stated on his blog that “as for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive.”