Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel in his a 2015 black Mercedes-Benz when Jupiter police spotted him stopped in the right lane of a road early Monday.
Police had to wake up Woods, 41, who was buckled in the driver’s seat, court records indicate. The car was running and the brake lights were on. The right blinker was flashing.
Woods was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, according to Palm Beach County court records. Woods is scheduled for an arraignment hearing July 5 before Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo.
Court records list six people as witnesses to the incident. Florida Department of Law Enforcement records indicate all are Jupiter police officers.
In a statement released Monday night, Woods blamed his arrest on “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” He denied that alcohol was involved. The .000 readings from the breath test reported by police back up that statement.
Police said Woods had “had extremely slow and slurred speech.” He failed the sobriety test — having been unable to do the one-leg stand or complete the nose touch.
“When asked if he understood the Romberg alphabet test, he stated, ‘yes, recite entire national anthem backwards,’” the report says.
According to the report, publichsed by Golf.com, four medical condition drugs were listed — Solarex, Vicodin, Vioxx and Torix. The report adds that Vioxx has not been taken this year.
This is no time for revelling at the expense of Tiger’s troubles. Just last week he commented on his recent back operation, stating that he “hadn’t felt this good in years.” Clearly there is a big divide between Tiger’s manicured PR machine and the reality he now faces. 3am is a worrying time to be pulled over asleep at the wheel, mistake or no mistake, alcohol or no alcohol. Get well.