Woods pleads not guilty to im­paired driv­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - TERRY SPENCER

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.

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