A police report, released today, claims pro-golfer Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel and had to be awoken by officers during his arrest for driving under the influence, according to NBC News. The 41-year-old was found less than 10 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, buckled into the driver’s seat of his 2015 black Mercedes-Benz, which was stopped in the road with the motor running and right blinker flashing. Woods blamed the incident on an "unexpected reaction" to medications he was taking following surgery.
Woods was found at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday. After waking him, police report his speech was slurred and he seemed confused, though cooperative, according to Jacksonville’s News 4 Jax. He told officers he was coming from Los Angeles, where he had been playing golf, but that he didn’t know where he was. According to the police report, he struggled with and failed to complete several field sobriety tests, including standing on one leg and touching his nose with his finger. When asked if he understood officer’s instructions to recite the alphabet, Woods allegedly replied, “Yes, recite the entire national anthem backwards.” By 3 a.m., he was under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and taken to Palm Beach County jail.
While in custody, Woods submitted to breath tests to determine if he had been drinking alchohol, and twice blew 0.000. According to the police affidavit, Woods had apparently been taking four different medications for "4 left knee surgeries" and "4 Achilles" surgeries. In April, Woods wrote he underwent "successful back surgery to alleviate ongoing pain in his back and leg," on his website. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.
In a statement released Monday, Woods said, "I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” going on to say “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." Woods went on to apologize to "with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again."
[Photo: Palm Beach County Police]