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May 30th, 2017

Tiger Woods found asleep at the wheel

But no trace of alcohol

Tiger Woods was found "asleep at the wheel" with the engine running when he was arrested, according to US Media reports.

Tiger was found at the wheel of his Mercedes, in the right lane, and had to be woken by a police officer.

Charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Tiger blamed "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medication", and is still maintaining that alcohol was "not involved" in the incident.

"Woods had extremely slow and slurred speech," a copy of the police report published by US outlets said. He was "co-operative" but "confused".

The results sheet from his breathalyser test noted he was "unable to walk alone", but results showed he "blew zeroes", so there was no alcohol on his breath.

Woods initially told the arresting officer he was coming back from Los Angeles, and that he did not know where he was. He then changed his story about where he was coming from and going to, the police report says.

Officers also recorded that Mr Woods had failed all but one of the roadside tests - including standing on one leg and the "walk and turn" test. 

The police document also revealed some of the golfer's medical details, including a history of multiple knee and Achilles tendon surgeries.

A further police bulletin on Tuesday, from another officer who attended the scene, illustrated what was described as “fresh damage” to Woods’s vehicle. Both tyres on the driver’s side of the Mercedes were flat, rims on the same wheels were damaged, there was scarring to front and back bumpers and one tail light was out. 

Police records show Woods confirmed the taking of four prescription drugs; Solarex, Vicodin, Torix and Vioxx. The last of them, it is said, he has not previously taken this year.

Tiger was released shortly before 11am, and his case is now due to be heard by a Florida judge on 5 July.


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TAGS: Tiger Woods, Players, Tournaments, News, 2017