Woods set for arraignment on DUI charge in Florida
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[August 09, 2017]
By Zachary Fagenson
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Reuters) -
Golfer Tiger Woods, arrested in May on a charge of driving under the
influence after police found him asleep at the wheel of his
Mercedes-Benz stopped on a Florida road, is due to be arraigned in
the case on Wednesday.
Woods, 41, is unlikely to appear in court in Palm Beach Gardens
after his lawyer waived the former world No. 1 golfer's appearance
at pre-trial hearings.
Police found Woods on the side of a Palm Beach-area road at about 3
a.m. on May 29. He had "extremely slow and slurred speech" after
being awakened by a Jupiter police officer but was cooperative and
told officers he takes several prescriptions, including Xanax,
according to a police report.
Woods, who had been heading away from his home on the exclusive
Jupiter Island, could not remember where he was going and told
police he was returning from Los Angeles.
A blood test showed he had the painkiller Vicodin and the
antidepressant Xanax in his system, but no alcohol. He was charged
with driving under the influence and improperly stopping his
In a statement after his arrest, Woods apologized to fans and blamed
the incident on prescription medication he was taking to manage pain
from a recent back surgery.
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In mid-June, Woods said he was receiving
"professional help" to manage his use of pain medications and a
sleep disorder. The following month he announced he had completed an
If convicted on the misdemeanor DUI charge, Woods could face up to
six months in prison. He could also plead guilty to a lesser charge
of reckless driving and enroll in a 12-month program that would let
him avoid a DUI conviction.
Woods' lawyer, Douglas Duncan, did not respond to requests for
comment ahead of Wednesday's hearing.
Woods has won 14 major golf championships, second only to Jack
Nicklaus, but has hardly played during the past two years after
undergoing multiple back surgeries.
(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Sandra Maler)
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