The police audio from Tiger Wood’s DUI arrest has been leaked and a criminal expert says his public statement about the incident was not a good idea. Reports also say that the dash cam video from the golf professional’s arrest will be released soon.
Arrest audio released
The audio recording of Tiger Wood’s DUI arrest has been leaked to the public. The tape reveals how the police officer came upon the golfer’s black Mercedes stopped in the right lane “just south of Indian Creek Parkway” in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday morning.
The police officers can be heard bantering back and forth, agreeing to meet the officer at the location of Wood’s vehicle, according to Radar Online.
Minutes later, an officer can be heard on the recording saying that the “driver’s gonna be 10-15,” which is police code for a prisoner in custody.
Woods was booked on suspicion of DUI.
A breathalyzer later revealed that his blood alcohol level was.000 but he did admit to taking several different prescription medications.
The Palm Beach County Court documents said that Woods was asleep at the wheel when the first officer arrived and was reportedly slurring his words when he was woken up.
Normally, they make us wait MONTHS for dash cam footage but I bet that Tiger Woods tape be on iTunes tomorrow w/ dir commentary & alt ending
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) May 30, 2017
The professional golfer’s car had noticeable damage and two flat tires.
Tiger is due in court on July 5 in Palm Beach County for the DUI charge.
TIGER WOODS ARREST: Police report reveals that Woods was on 4 medications but was not under the consumption of alcohol pic.twitter.com/SmRuMo1pen
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 31, 2017
A public statement was a mistake
Katie Phang, a criminal expert and former Florida prosecutor, said that Tiger Woods’ statement, where he took full responsibility for the incident, was going to be a big mistake if he fights the DUI charge, the Associated Press reported.
“Tiger’s statement was a bad idea. He should not have said anything,” Phang said. “Now, he can’t claim that he was not DUI and just was tired from a long day.”
Woods admitted to the police that he had taken several prescriptions. The arrest affidavit listed Vicodin as one of the medications he had taken.
The other names of the pills were misspelled — one looked similar in spelling to Solax, which is a muscle relaxer, or Solox, which is for acid reflux. Another medication listed is similar in spelling to Etorix, which is a painkiller that is not currently approved in the United States.
The law in Florida states that there is a presumption of guilt if there is evidence of a blood-alcohol content of.08 or above. The presumption does not exist when drugs are involved.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 31, 2017
David S. Weinstein, a former federal and state prosecutor, said that prosecutors would need to establish the presence of Vicodin.
The criminal expert said that prosecutors would need to use other evidence to prove that Tiger was impaired, like failing roadside sobriety tests, being found asleep at the wheel, or signs of an accident with his car.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 31, 2017
A spokesman for the PGA Tour would not comment on whether Woods would be subject to any penalty “conduct unbecoming.”
Jason Day, an Australian golfer and fellow PGA Tour member who grew up idolizing Woods, said that he had sent him a text message but had not heard back.
“From what I’ve heard, it was like different dosage of prescribed medicine that he took.
“I mean, he’s had four back surgeries and seven knee surgeries and some Achilles and stuff like that. It’s tough to see him go through this. Hopefully, he’s on the right dosage and he can get through this stage and hopefully come back.”
I guess you can say tiger woods should’ve used a… driver…
— Jacob Michaels (@jmichaels2001) May 31, 2017
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