UPDATE: Contrary to earlier reports, according to the police report Woods did not have alcohol in his system and did not refuse a breathalyzer.
New documents released late Tuesday afternoon by Jupiter, Florida, police reveal that Woods was found asleep at the wheel at the time of his arrest – and that his 2015 Mercedes-Benz showed signs of “fresh damage” on the drivers’ side of the vehicle.
In addition, the front and rear tires on that side of the vehicle were flat – and there was damage to the bumper.
According to police, officers woke Woods up, and he told them that he was coming from golfing in Los Angeles and he didn’t know where he was.
The report said Woods took a Breathalyzer test, registering 0.000 on it, and a urine test, and described the golfer as “cooperative.”
JUPITER, FL —Tiger Woods is in hot water again, this time for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida. The golfer was arrested around 3 A.M. Monday just south of Indian Creek Parkway in the town of Jupiter. He was released on his own recognizance eight hours later, according to a spokesperson for Jupiter police.
But many unanswered questions remain as to exactly what went down in the early morning hours on Monday, and many media reports on the circumstances surrounding the arrest contained conflicting details.
1. What type of substance did he ingest?
Though the charge was driving under the influence, Woods claims that he wasn’t drunk, but has blamed the incident on a medication mix-up. The golfer issued a statement on Monday night claiming that there was “no alcohol” involved.
The statement read:
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. 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. I would like to apologize 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.“
2. Are the methods for determining if a suspect is under the influence of prescription drugs the same as for drinking?
Though penalties vary from state to state, driving while intoxicated is illegal throughout the United States.
According to FindLaw, “per se” laws in DUI cases have generally established that once an individual is shown to have a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent, that person will be considered intoxicated. The BAC limits do not apply to drugs — only alcohol — but many states have laws that specifically address drugged driving.
But in Florida, there is no blood testing standard, which means that there is no fixed amount of drugs within the blood system that determines conviction. Instead, the statute reads:
“Whether a driver is impaired is determined on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the prosecutor. Generally a driver is impaired if the driver is unable to perform the normal activities associated with driving and daily life.”
3. What happens if a suspect refuses to take a drug or alcohol test?
According to TMZ, Woods reportedly refused a breathalyzer and was “arrogant” when officers questioned him.
Florida’s “implied consent” mandates that if a person is lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe that they have been driving under the influence, they must consent to taking a chemical test of blood, breath or urine.
4. What penalties does he face?
If a driver refuses to take the test, the refusal can be used against them in court. Refusing to take a breathalyzer also results in an automatic arrest and license suspension.
Woods seemed to contradict the claims that he clashed with officers in his statement. He said: “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, 41, a golfing phenom whose career and marriage to Swedish model Elin Nordegren were wrecked by a sex scandal, lives on a palatial multimillion-dollar estate on Hobe Sound.
Once the world’s top-ranked golfer, Woods has won 14 major golf tournaments — second only to Jack Nicklaus. But his professional and personal life began to unravel in November 2009 after Nordegren reportedly discovered steamy texts from New York socialite Rachel Uchitel. Woods later crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside the mansion near Orlando where he and his family were living at the time.
Tabloid stories about Woods’ alleged affairs followed, and a string of over a dozen women including waitresses, strippers, and porn performers came forward with stories of sexual trysts with the golfer. Soon his nice-guy image was shattered, and he lost millions of dollars in endorsements.
After admitting the affairs, Woods put his golf career on hold while he attended what was described as sex rehab in an undisclosed location. Woods and Nordegren later divorced anyway, but in recent years the couple’s relationship has reportedly been amicable.
Last year, Nordegren told People the situation between her and Woods, who share custody of daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5, is “really good.”
Main photo: Tiger Woods [Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]