Tiger Woods to plead guilty, en­ter pro­gram.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

PALM BEACH GAR­DENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reck­less driv­ing and will en­ter a di­ver­sion pro­gram that will al­low him to have his record wiped clean if he com­pletes the pro­gram, a pros­e­cu­tor said Wed­nes­day.

Woods, 41, was charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, ap­par­ently un­der the in­flu­ence of a pre­scrip­tion painkiller and sleep­ing med­i­ca­tion. No al­co­hol was found in his sys­tem.

Woods did not ap­pear Wed­nes­day at the Palm Beach County court­house for his ar­raign­ment. Pros­e­cu­tor Adri­enne Ellis said the golf superstar agreed to plead guilty at an Oct. 25 hear­ing and en­ter the county’s pro­gram for first-time DUI of­fend­ers.

“He is not be­ing treated any dif­fer­ent than any­one else,” Ellis said.

Woods’ at­tor­ney, Douglas Duncan, en­tered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge on Woods’ be­half and de­clined com­ment as he left the court­house.

Un­der the plea deal, pros­e­cu­tors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more se­vere charge than reck­less driv­ing. If he com­pletes the pro­gram, he can ask a judge to ex­punge the reck­less driv­ing con­vic­tion.

In the di­ver­sion pro­gram, Woods will spend a year on pro­ba­tion, pay a $250 fine and court costs, at­tend DUI school and per­form 50 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. He would also have to at­tend a workshop where vic­tims of im­paired driv­ers de­tail how their lives were dam­aged and face other con­di­tions. Since the pro­gram be­gan four years ago, al­most 2,400 de­fen­dants have en­rolled, ac­cord­ing to the Palm Beach County state at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

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