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Tiger Woods didn't have alcohol in his system: police

Last Updated May 30, 2017 at 10:22 am PDT


The golfer had apparently taken Vicodin and police say his speech was slurred

Woods took two tests and investigators didn't find any trace of alcohol

JUPITER, FL. (NEWS 1130) – Police say Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel but had no booze in his system when officers spotted his car stopped along a Florida road earlier this week.

An affidavit released this morning says Woods was alone and wearing his seatbelt 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.

According to the report, Woods was confused and asked how far he was from his home. Officers said Woods was co-operative 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 lists four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking when he was stopped for the DUI. He indicated 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.”

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