Crim­i­nal ex­pert: Woods made mis­take is­su­ing state­ment on DUI

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

DUBLIN, OHIO | An­other pub­lic em­bar­rass­ment for Tiger Woods is shift­ing to the le­gal side fol­low­ing his ar­rest in Florida on a DUI charge, with one crim­i­nal ex­pert sug­gest­ing Woods made a mis­take by claim­ing pub­licly that pre­scrip­tion medicine was to blame.

On the eve of the Memo­rial Tour­na­ment, which Woods won a record five times, PGA Tour play­ers who grew up ad­mir­ing his dom­i­nance in golf wished for the best. Com­mis­sioner Jay Mon­a­han said the tour would be there to help him.

“I think Tiger’s state­ment on Mon­day night, where he apol­o­gized and he said he was go­ing to do ev­ery­thing he can in his power to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen again, I think says ev­ery­thing,” Mon­a­han told The Associated Press on Wed­nes­day. “He’s a mem­ber of our fam­ily, and we’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing we can to help and sup­port him.”

Jupiter Po­lice on pa­trol at 2 a.m. Mon­day no­ticed a Mercedes pulled awk­wardly to the side of the road with the en­gine run­ning, the brake lights on and a right turn sig­nal blink­ing. Both tires on the left side of the car were flat, and po­lice de­scribed fresh dam­age to the driver’s side.

In­side the car, Woods was sound asleep at the wheel. Po­lice said in in­ci­dent re­ports that his speech was slurred and he didn’t know where he was. He was un­able to tie his shoes and failed a so­bri­ety test. A breath test reg­is­tered 0.0 for al­co­hol, cor­rob­o­rat­ing what Woods said in a state­ment is­sued Mon­day even­ing.

“I want the pub­lic to know that al­co­hol was not in­volved,” Woods said. “What hap­pened was an un­ex­pected re­ac­tion to pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions. I didn’t re­al­ize the mix of med­i­ca­tions had af­fected me so strongly.”

He was ar­rested and briefly jailed on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence. He also agreed to a urine test.

Woods is to be ar­raigned July 5 in Palm Beach County court on the DUI charge.

Katie Phang, a for­mer Florida pros­e­cu­tor, said the state­ment in which Woods took full re­spon­si­bil­ity could come back to haunt him if he fights the charge.

“Tiger’s state­ment was a bad idea. He should not have said any­thing,” Phang said. “Now, he can’t claim that he was not DUI and just was tired from a long day.”

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