Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving, enters diversion program

By The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 27, 2017 at 6:40 PM
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Tiger Woods pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will resolve a driving under the influence charge from the May 29 incident.

Woods, 41, made his plea in a court hearing in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and received one-year probation in addition to a $250 fine plus court costs.

Woods was required to attend DUI school, perform 20 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers discuss how their lives were damaged. Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo said Woods has met each of those duties.

Woods will also undergo regular drug tests because he was intoxicated with marijuana and prescription drugs at the time of his early morning arrest.

He was warned by Bosso-Pardo to stay out of trouble.

"This particular plea agreement has no jail time on it," Bosso-Pardo said to Woods. "However, if you violate your probation in any significant way, I could revoke your probation, and then I could sentence you to jail for 90 days with a fine of up to $500. Is that understood?"

Woods nodded to indicate he understood.

Woods was arrested at around 2 a.m. on May 29 when officers found him unconscious inside his Mercedes-Benz about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Fla. The vehicle had damage to the driver's side and was parked in an awkward fashion.

Woods was unable to tell officers where he was and he stumbled and had balance issues while taking field sobriety tests. Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and the anxiety medicine Xanax to deal with pain from April back surgery.

A toxicology report released in mid-August found that Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in his system when he was arrested.

Dilaudid is a painkiller, Ambien is a sleeping medicine and THC is a muscle relaxant that increases effects of marijuana and can cause hallucinations and impair driving.

Woods has said he was using the painkillers to deal with his fourth back surgery.

Woods has won 79 PGA Tour events, including 14 majors, but last played in February.

His last major victory was in 2008 when he won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines by outlasting Rocco Mediate in a memorable 19-hole playoff.

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