Over Memorial Day weekend, Tiger Woods was arrested under suspicion for driving under the influence.
Since then, Woods has entered a first offender program. 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.
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.”
Earlier this week, the toxicology report was released which revealed that Woods had five different substances in his system during the time of the arrest: Hydrocodone, the generic form of a painkiller branded as Vicodin; Hydromorphone, a painkiller commonly known as Dilaudid; Alprazolam, a mood and sleep drug commonly known as Xanax; Zolpidem, a sleep drug commonly known as Ambien; and Delta-9 carboxy THC, a muscle relaxant that is also the substance the body metabolizes after marijuana is consumed.
“As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications.” Woods explained in a statement. “Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance. I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me.
“Regarding my back, I recently spoke to my surgeon and he’s very pleased with how my fusion is healing. I’m right on schedule. I’m now doing some light lifting, riding a stationary bike and putting a little.”
Now that the report has officially been released and it is clear that Woods was in no state to be behind the wheel, some closure can be brought to this situation. There was a lot of grey area surrounding it because no one knew what Woods was on during the time of his arrest. Woods was in the wrong, no doubt. We can only hope that he learns from this situation and prevents it from happening again.