JUPITER, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tiger Woods’ car showed fresh damage on the driver’s side when officers found him asleep at the wheel alongside a Florida road early Monday morning, police said.
Incident reports released Tuesday by Jupiter police said Woods’ Mercedes had blocked a bike lane. Both tires on the driver’s side were flat, with minor damage to the rims. There also was minor damage to the bumpers, and the passenger rear tail light was out.
According to the reports, Woods had trouble keeping his eyes open as he struggled to follow instructions to show his driver’s license, open his window and tie his shoes.
The reports said Woods’ pupils were dilated, and he told the officers he hadn’t taken any illegal drugs.
Woods was handcuffed and taken to a police station for breath tests before being arrested on a DUI charge. Police impounded his car.
Woods’ blood alcohol level on two breath tests was .000, according to the records.
In a statement late Monday, Woods said medication, and not alcohol, was to blame.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said.
“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”
Woods, 41, told police he had just returned from golfing in Los Angeles, but the officer noted that the 14-time major winner also had changed his story about where he was headed and where he was coming from.
Woods was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place.
His arraignment is scheduled for July 5.
Woods, who had been No. 1 longer than any other golfer, has not been a factor since his last victory in August 2013 as he battled through back surgeries from a week before the 2014 Masters until his most recent fusion surgery on his lower back a month ago.
“He deserves to finish his career on a better note than appears to be happening right now,” golf writer Eamon Lynch told CBS2.
It was the first time Woods has run into trouble off the golf course since he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windermere, Florida, home in the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, which led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs. He was reportedly on Ambien at the time of that crash. He was cited for careless driving and fined $164.
“His life has been chaotic and difficult, I think, for several years,” said Jamie Diaz, editor-in-chief of Golf World.
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