Over Memorial Day weekend, Tiger Woods was arrested under suspicion for driving under the influence. According to Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg, this program typically consists of the defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving instead of a DUI.
In addition to pleading to a lesser charge Woods will also have to attend DUI school, remain on probation, and not use drugs and/or alcohol for an extended period of time. While this program gives defendants like Woods a second chance, all of the guidelines must be followed in order for the DUI to be dropped.
Woods was not present at the courthouse. His attorney, Douglas Duncan, elected not to comment on this case when asked about it by reporters.
“This case has been reset for arraignment until October 25,” Duncan said. “That’s all I can say.”
According to police reports, Woods was found on this side of the road in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz with the car running, brake lights on and his right turn signal flashing. Additionally, when police approached the car, they found Woods asleep behind the wheel. He was woken up by the police and would go on to fail a sobriety test a few minutes later.
Though many thought this was a drinking and driving incident at first, the official police report contradicted those impressions and confirmed that Woods blew a 0.000 on a Breathalyzer test when he was being questioned by police.
Following the arrest, Woods explained that this incident was caused by “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
Regardless of whether these medications were prescribed or not, it appears that Woods is going to navigate this with little or no real trouble. Everything that Woods has done in the past aside, mistakes do happen. He may have taken the wrong dosage of a prescription and it spiraled into him being out of control. There is no excuse to get behind the wheel of a car when in this state however; and it appears that the downward spiral is not quite done yet for the one time superstar.