Tiger Woods Had No Alcohol In System, Reported Taking 4 Medications When Stopped By Police

(AP) Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel but had no alcohol in his system when officers spotted his car stopped along a Florida road, police said.

An affidavit released Tuesday said Woods was alone and wearing his seat belt when Jupiter Police officers found his Mercedes early Monday in the right lane. The car’s engine was running and its lights were on.

The report says officers woke Woods, who had “extremely slow and slurred speech” and told them he took several prescriptions.

Woods was confused and asked how far he was from his Hobe Sound home, according to the report. Officers said Woods was cooperative but failed a roadside sobriety test. Breath tests showed no alcohol in his system, and Woods also agreed to a urine test.

A police report listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking when he was stopped for DUI. The report also 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.

Woods’ arraignment in Palm Beach County court on a DUI charge is scheduled for July 5.

 

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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