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Police: Breathalyzer tests show Tiger Woods wasn't drunk during arrest

A Jupiter Police officer arrested golfer Tiger Woods on suspicion of driving under the influence. (Image Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.)

Golfer Tiger Woods was not drunk behind the wheel when he was arrested Monday after officers noticed he was driving erratically.

Two breathalyzer tests showed Woods blew a .000 blood alcohol concentration, according to Jupiter Police.

In an apology to his followers, Woods maintained a bad reaction to prescribed medications led to his arrest and not alcohol.

Woods had to be woken up on the morning of his arrest for DUI, according to the police report.

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Police also found his black Mercedes stopped in the roadway in the right-hand lane with the engine running, brake lights illuminated and the right blinker flashing.

The officer said Woods was the only one in the car. He was in the driver's seat with his seat belt on. The officer found him to be "cooperative, confused" and with "slow and slurred" speech, according to the report.

However, the officer wrote in the report there were no "odors," according to police.


Woods told the officer he just came from golfing in Los Angeles. He said he didn't know where he was, according to the report. The officer wrote in the report that Woods changed his story several times as to where he was going and where he was coming from, noting that Woods was going south away from Hobe Sound and that he takes several prescriptions.

Court documents also show Tiger received a citation for improper parking. The citation said the officer found the golfer's car stopped on the roadway in the right-hand lane and right shoulder near 2999 Military Trail, just south of Indian Creek Parkway in Jupiter.

The report lists four medications, including Vicodin, that Tiger Woods reported taking when he was stopped for DUI.

The report released Tuesday indicated that Woods told officers that he was recovering from surgery.

Woods has had four back surgeries since 2014, the latest in April. Painkillers are generally prescribed after such surgeries, and many carry warnings to avoid driving while taking them. Other medicines, including over-the-counter allergy medicine or anti-anxiety medicines, can also cause drowsiness and include warnings about driving.

The FDA warning for Vicodin says it "may impair the mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery; patients should be cautioned accordingly."

The report said Woods was cooperative "as much as possible" when found asleep at the wheel early Monday morning. He was "extremely sleepy" and the officer observed it was hard for Woods to keep his eyes open and hard to walk.

Jupiter Police arrested Woods around 3 a.m. on Monday. He was out of jail seven hours later.

"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," Woods said.

According to the citation issued to Tiger, he's due back in court at the North County Government Center on PGA Boulevard on July 5.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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