Woods pleads not guilty to impaired driving
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — Tiger Woods has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence, but has agreed to enter a diversion program that would see the charge dropped later this year.
Douglas Duncan, the attorney for the 41-year-old golf superstar, entered the plea Wednesday. Woods did not appear at the Palm Beach County courthouse.
Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving at an Oct. 25 hearing and enter the county’s program for first-time DUI offenders.
Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge from his arrest in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and an anti-insomnia drug. No alcohol was found in his system.
In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service, attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, says the County State Attorney’s Office.