Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel of a 2015 Mercedes-Benz car a few miles from his house in Jupiter, South Florida, when police officers found him and arrested him at about 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI). According to a police report released on Tuesday, Woods, wearing a white shirt and black shorts, stopped his black Mercedes-Benz car on the right lane of the road and fell asleep at the wheel, with the car’s engine running, brake lights on, and the right turn signal flashing.
The car had two flat tires, broken tail lights, and damaged bumpers, according to TMZ.
“Both rims on the driver’s side of the vehicle are damaged and both tires on the driver’s side are flat.”
When Jupiter police officers who found him sleeping in his car woke him up and spoke with him, his speech was “extremely slow, sluggish and very slurred.” He seemed confused and sluggish and did know where he was, the police report said, according to the Huffington Post. At first, he told the officers that he was “coming from Los Angeles, California from golfing,” but he later “changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from,” according to the police report.
He finally admitted that he did not know where he was and asked how far he was from home. But the report added that he was cooperative.
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The 41-year-old failed a field DUI field sobriety test which involved walking toe-to-toe, standing on one leg, and performing the finger to the nose test. No alcohol was found in his system when he took a Breathalyzer test.
According to the police report, when asked if he understood the Romberg test, he said, “yes, recite entire national anthem backwards.”
Woods later explained to the officers that he was taking several drugs that doctors prescribed following recent surgeries. The medications reportedly included the anti-inflammatory drug Torix and the painkiller Vicodin.
The officers arrested him on a DUI charge and improper stopping of his vehicle.
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He later apologized for his action in a statement released to media outlets on Monday, saying that alcohol was “not involved” in his DUI arrest. He said the arrest was due to an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in the statement. “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 will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
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The Inquisitr earlier reported that Woods’ career was disrupted by a sex scandal that erupted in 2009 after it emerged that he had been cheating on his Swedish model wife Elin Nordegren, with whom he had two children. The former world’s top-ranked golfer, who has won 14 major golf tournaments, was also forced out of major competitions by back injuries that have required a series of surgeries over the years.
He has not won a major title since 2008.
He is currently recovering from a back surgery performed a few months ago. He wrote in a recent blog post that he experienced “instant relief” after the surgery and enthused that he has not “felt this good in years.” But he explained that he would need to rest his back for up to three months before he is able to twist it again.
He also hinted that he was interested in returning to professional golf after making full recovery.
“When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life… competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”
Woods in reportedly due in court in July.
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