Tiger Woods Arrested Memorial Day Morning For Suspected DUI
*Contains updates. New information completely conflicts with original report.
The First Report
According to law enforcement in Palm Beach County, Florida, golf genius Tiger Woods, 41, was arrested overnight on suspicion of a DUI. Police told TMA that he was pulled over for driving “erratically, all over the road.” His demeanor was described as “arrogant,” and subsequently he refused to take a breathalyzer test.
According to the Palm Beach Post, he was pulled over driving on Military Trail, south of Indian Creek Parkway. He was driving in the opposite direction of his home, Jupiter Island.
Woods was picked up about 3 a.m. after police smelled alcohol on his breath. In Florida, as in many states, refusal to undergo a breathalyzer will result in an automatic arrest and a driver’s license suspension. He was booked at 7:18 a.m. and released from Palm Beach County Jail at 10:50 a.m. on his own recognizance. TMZ reported he was picked up by someone in his camp.
Rather than driving erratically, according to CNN, Tiger was found asleep at the wheel, brakes lights on. Police awakened him, and his speech was slurred. He told police he didn’t know where he was, but then changed his story and asked how far he was from his home on Jupiter Island. He also told police he was taking several prescription medications.
Rather than rejecting a breathalyzer test, this new report says that he was cooperative and blew 0.000. Yesterday, Tiger released a statement saying that he had not been drinking and that he had an “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
The mugshot released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reveals and unshaven Tiger Woods who looks quite unhappy and a bit worse for wear.
The few years have not been kind to Tiger. He has been dealing with back problems and underwent a fourth fusion surgery on April 19. He missed the first major of 2017 and has not played since he dropped out of the Dubai Desert Classic in early February.
Woods gave an update on his website:
“When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”
Then last week, he wrote this after his charity Tiger Jam in Las Vegas:
“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology