Former golfing sensation Tiger Woods has made his way into headlines yet again. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's report, Woods was arrested for driving under the influence near his Jupiter, Florida home. Although the arrest report has not yet been made available to the public, ESPN reports that Woods was arrested early Monday morning and taken into police custody at approximately 3 am. His booking occurred at 7:18 am and he was released at 10:50 am. The formal charge remains ambiguous, as it is a blanket charge for DUI drugs/DUI alcohol, however, Woods firmly contended in a recent statement That alcohol was not involved in the incident. He is said to be recovering from a recent back surgery in April, for which he has been taking prescription meds. Woods released a lengthy statement in the wake of the arrest.
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for their professionalism."
Woods, who has won 14 championships in the course of his career, had recently blogged about the success of his back surgery and happily reported a positive prognosis. This is the golfer's 4th back surgery since 2014.
Woods' career took a hit after the revelation of extramarital affairs during his marriage to Elin Nordegren. His recent DUI mugshot is currently making rounds on the internet, and the outlook of his charges is as of yet unknown. His arrest does serve to highlight the severity with which DUI drug offenses are treated by law enforcement while highlighting the nuances of these cases given the prevalence of perfectly legal prescription drugs.
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