Tiger Woods Was Asleep At Wheel, Passed Breath Test: Police

Updated: 30 May 2017 22:10 IST

The former world No 1 golfer was arrested on a DUI charge on Monday but was later released.

Tiger Woods Was Asleep At Wheel, Passed Breath Test: Police
Tiger Woods was arrested on Monday near his home on DUI charges. © AFP

Tiger Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his car when he was arrested for driving under the influence but passed a roadside breath test, police records showed on Tuesday. The golf superstar, who issued a statement on Monday saying alcohol was not involved in the incident, needed to be woken by a police officer, his arrest report showed.

The former world No 1 has blamed the DUI arrest near his home in Jupiter, Florida on an adverse reaction to prescription medication. His police report, obtained and published by several media outlets, said Woods was "co-operative" and "confused." "Woods had extremely slow and slurred speech," the report said.

He initially told officers he had been driving back to Florida from Los Angeles but later stated "he did not know where he was." He was unable to complete various roadside sobriety tests which included standing on one leg and the "walk and turn" test.

However contrary to reports on Monday which said Woods refused a breathalyzer test, the golfer agreed and "blew zeroes" indicating there was no alcohol in his system.

Woods also told police he had been using four prescription medications including the powerful painkiller Vicodin, which is commonly prescribed following surgery.

Woods has undergone four separate surgeries on his back since 2014, with the most recent procedure taking place in late April.

The 41-year-old was arrested by police near his home in Jupiter, Florida, around 3:00 am (0700 GMT) before his release later Monday after being charged with DUI.

A police mugshot of Woods looking bleary-eyed and unshaven rapidly went viral, underscoring the fall from grace of the superstar athlete once renowned as a clean-living, corporate pitchman.

"I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too," Woods said in a statement issued on Monday.

Topics : Tiger Woods Golf
Highlights
  • Tiger Woods was arrested on Monday morning
  • He issued a statement later saying alcohol was not involved
  • He has won 14 Majors
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