Woods pleads guilty to reck­less driv­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MIAMIE: For­mer world No 1 Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty on Wed­nes­day to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, but agreed to a lesser charge and to go on pro­ba­tion.

Woods, 41, did not ap­pear at the brief court hear­ing in Palm Beach Gar­dens, Florida, held to re­solve charges stem­ming from his May ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to press re­ports and court doc­u­ments.

A 14-time ma­jor golf cham­pion, Woods was ar­rested on May 29 by po­lice in Jupiter, Florida, who found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz.

Woods, who has not won a PGA Tour ti­tle since 2013, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol, al­though a breath­a­lyzer test found no trace of al­co­hol in his sys­tem.

Woods told author­i­ties he had not been drink­ing but had a re­ac­tion to sev­eral pre­scrip­tion drugs used for back pain and in­som­nia.

At an ar­raign­ment on Wed­nes­day, Woods’s lawyer, Dou­glas Dun­can, en­tered a plea of not guilty to the charge of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, the New York Post re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per, Woods will plead guilty to a lesser charge of reck­less driv­ing, serve 12 months of pro­ba­tion and en­ter a pro­gramme for first-time im­paired driv­ing of­fend­ers.

Woods will also re­port­edly be re­quired to per­form 50 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The more se­ri­ous driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence charge, which can po­ten­tially lead to jail time in some cases, would be dropped.

Woods was or­dered to ap­pear in court on Oc­to­ber 25.

Woods an­nounced last month that he had com­pleted a pro­gramme to help him man­age his med­i­ca­tions. He did not pro­vide any de­tails of the treat­ment or type of pro­gramme and did not say when he ex­pected to re­turn to golf.

Woods, whose 79 ca­reer PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a ma­jor ti­tle since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Cham­pi­onships Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional. AFP

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