Woods blames driv­ing ar­rest on painkillers

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TIGER Woods was found asleep at the wheel by police with the en­gine of his £170,000 Mercedes run­ning it emerged yes­ter­day.

The golfer, 41, who is re­cov­er­ing from back surgery, was ar­rested for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence but in­sisted al­co­hol was not in­volved and blamed ‘an un­ex­pected re­ac­tion’ to four pre­scribed painkillers. He was wo­ken by five of­fi­cers at 3am on Mon­day in Jupiter, Florida and had ‘ex­tremely slow and slurred speech’, police said.

Woods, pic­tured in his police mugshot, was ‘co­op­er­a­tive’ but ‘con­fused’ and failed four out of five so­bri­ety tests al­though there was no al­co­hol on his breath.

He apol­o­gised yes­ter­day, say­ing: ‘I un­der­stand the sever­ity of what I did and I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for my ac­tions. Al­co­hol was not in­volved. What hap­pened was an un­ex­pected re­ac­tion to pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions. I didn’t re­alise the mix of med­i­ca­tions had af­fected me so strongly.’

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