JUPITER — The already-infamous DUI stop that resulted in the arrest of Tiger Woods early Monday morning is now garnering additional scrutiny thanks to the recent release of video of the incident from Jupiter police.
Woods, who was discovered by officers sleeping at the wheel of his Mercedes Benz with the engine, brake lights and flashers on, is shown swaying, rolling his eyes and struggling to stay conscious as the cops run him through field sobriety tests in the video.
The video clocks in at more than 90 minutes of footage, the highlights of which feature Woods slurring his words and failing to perform even the simple task of walking a straight line for the officers.
The Jupiter PD have also released pictures of the 41-year-old golfer’s damaged car, made particularly painful due by the fact that it boasts a sticker price of over $200,000.
The driver’s side of the Mercedes seems to have bore the brunt of Tiger’s mishap; both tires on that side were flat, with the tire rims and the body of the vehicle banged up as well. Additionally, there were scratches to the driver’s side rear bumper.
The passenger side was not completely unscathed, with a side rear taillight not functioning.
A clearly disoriented Woods was confused as to his whereabouts when awoken by police, claiming initially to have just driven from California.
“I asked Woods where he was going to which he stated he did not know, he just likes to drive,” read the affidavit of the arresting officer.
Woods went on to ask how far he was from home, and still maintained that he had been driving in California.
Police began to administer field sobriety tests. A stumbling and barely coherent Woods got mixed up by officers’ (there were 5 at the scene) request that he say the alphabet backwards, offering instead to “recite the entire national anthem backwards.”
Woods muddled through this portion, but struggled even more with the “Walk & Turn.” The police affidavit indicates that the golfer “could not maintain starting position,” “missed heel to toe each time,” and failed to walk a straight line despite using arms for balance. Woods even “stopped walking to steady self” once per the report.
Similarly, Woods failed at the “One Leg Stand,” and could not complete even the “Finger To Nose” test, seeming unable to comprehend the instructions.
There could be little doubt that Woods was impaired. Interestingly, though, he blew .000 in the Breathalyzer test once taken to the police station, lending some credence to the golfer’s claims that the incident was brought about by a reaction to prescription drugs and not alcohol abuse.
Woods was “cooperative as much as possible” throughout the ordeal, yet “very droopy, extremely sleepy” and struggled to maintain consciousness.
Also according to the police affidavit, Woods was taking Soloxex [sic], Vicodin and Torix, all prescription-strength drugs.
In the Notice to Appear, police confirm there was no indication of alcohol abuse during or contributing to Tiger’s arrest; the “drug influence” section, however, was marked “unknown.”
Woods will appear in court this summer on a traffic misdemeanor charge as a result of arrest; his personal attendance at the court is mandatory. Consequences of the charge could potentially be as severe as 6 months in prison and/or $1,000 in fines, with up to 50 hours of community service.
Woods also took a urine test at the police station, and will likely face no penalties if test results show that he did not take more than the recommended dosage for his prescriptions.
Woods has undergone a number of medical procedures in recent years, most notably for his knee and his back, which could also have contributed to his difficulties with the physical side of his sobriety tests.
Woods claims to feel better after his procedures, though, and is hopeful of someday returning to professional golf.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” Woods explained. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications affected me so strongly.”
He continued: “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends, and the fans. I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
Finally, Woods thanked the Jupiter PD for the professionalism throughout the entire affair.
If he wants to continue breaking records on the links, hopefully Tiger will wait until he’s off the prescription drugs before attempting to mount a comeback!