Tiger Woods had ‘extremely slow and slurred speech’ and could not pass sobriety tests as shown in disturbing video
Jupiter police have released shocking video of Tiger Woods after they found him asleep in his Mercedes Benz with the engine running in the wee hours of Monday morning.
In more than an hour and a half of video, Tiger is seen swaying, rolling his eyes and falling asleep as police administer field sobriety tests before he was arrested for DUI and taken into police custody.
Slurring his words as he tried to answer questions from police, T iger could barely stand up and kept weaving and bobbing, failing to walk a straight line barefoot after removing his sneakers.
Police have also released photos of Woods’ bashed up $220,000. Mercedes Benz.
The 41-year-old golfer had to be woken up by an officer and stated that he did not know where he was after first claiming he had driven from California.
His speech was ‘extremely slow and slurred’ and he failed four field sobriety tests, although he blew .000 into a breathalyzer, suggesting he hadn’t been drinking alcohol.
Jupiter police took off Tiger’s baseball cap as they administered field sobriety tests
At one point Tiger took off his sneakers and placed them under the police car and he was barefoot when trying to walk a straight line
Woods was arrested for DUI after failing four sobriety tests. He admitted he had taken prescription drugs
Woods was handcuffed and taken away in the back of police car
Woods’ Mercedes had two flat tires and ‘fresh damage’ on the driver’s side when cops found him asleep behind the wheel.
Both tire rims on the driver’s side of the Mercedes had some small but visible damage, while the front and rear tires on that side were flat.
There was also some minor damage to the bumper on the driver’s side, and scuffs and scratches on the rear bumper. The passenger side rear taillight was also not working, according to the documents.
Woods failed four field sobriety tests according to the Probable Cause Affidavit, which was obtained by DailyMail.com – which also revealed Woods was on four prescription drugs – although he tested negative for alcohol.
Cops Jupiter police have released the radio ‘chatter’ after discovering Tiger Woods asleep in his Mercedes with the engine running in the wee hours of Monday morning. They have also released photos of the beleaguered golfer’s bashed up $220,000. Mercedes Benz
Both tire rims on the driver’s side of the Mercedes had some small but visible damage, while the front and rear tires on that side were flat
Woods failed four field sobriety tests according to the Probable Cause Affidavit, obtained by DailyMail.com – which also revealed Woods was on prescription drugs
The passenger side rear taillight was also not working, according to police documents
The 41-year-old golfer had to be woken up by an officer and stated that he did not know where he was after first claiming he had driven from California
There was also some minor damage to the bumper on the driver’s side, and scuffs and scratches on the rear bumper
Dashcam footage shows police stopping at Woods’ car at the side of the road
The golfing pro was ordered to get out of the car by Jupiter cops who asked him to perform sobriety tests
The affidavit states Woods was struggling to keep upright and was ‘swaying and nearly lost his balance’ when he got out the car
The affidavit states that at 2:03am, Eldrick T. Woods was approached by a member of the Jupiter Police Department, who found him wearing his seat belt while sound asleep at the wheel of his $222,000 Mercedes.
The star’s car was idling in the middle of Military Trail about one mile from police headquarters, a deserted stretch of road at night but an extremely busy traffic artery during the day. Both his brake lights and flashers were on.
After he was woken by cops, Woods – who was alone in the car – told them he had no idea where he was, according to the paperwork.
‘I asked Woods where he was going to which he stated he did not know, he just likes to drive,’ the arresting officer’s affidavit states.
Wearing athletic shorts and a t-shirt, Woods was actually driving south, away from his home on Jupiter Island, according to police, who were not aware of what happened to the tires
Woods was described as cooperative and confused at first in the reports, which goes on to reveal that he agreed to a breathalyzer and blew .000
One officer said that Woods was falling asleep even after police had come to investigate his car
Eldrick T. Woods was approached by a member of the Jupiter Police Department, who found him wearing his seat belt while sound asleep at the wheel of his pricey Mercedes seadan seen in better days
Scene: The 41-year-old golfer had to be woken up by an officer and stated that he did not know where he was after first claiming he had driven from California (site of Woods’ DUI arrest above)
Another officer said that Woods was falling asleep even after police had come to investigate his car.
The golfer later stated ‘he was coming from LA California from golfing,’ reads the report.
‘Woods stated that he did not know where he was. Woods had changed the story of where he was was going and where he was coming from.’
He then asked ‘how far from his house he was,’ according to the affidavit. When asked again where he was coming from and heading to, he told police he was leaving LA and ‘that he was on his way down to Orange County.’
Wearing athletic shorts and a t-shirt, Woods was actually driving south, away from his home on Jupiter Island, the report notes.
After a fellow cop, who was interviewing the suspect returned to his car, he observed ‘the driver fell asleep with his eyes closed and his head up against the headrest.’
Woods was described as cooperative and confused at first in the reports, which goes on to reveal that he agreed to a breathalyzer despite earlier reports.
Bad news: The Probable Cause Affidavit from Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest reveals that the golfer was asleep at the wheel when he was approached early Monday (Woods above in March)
The affidavit also states that there were no odors coming from Woods or the car, this also despite earlier reports claiming that Woods’ breath smelled like liquor according to one officer on the scene.
Police say that when he exited his car, he was struggling to keep upright and was ‘swaying and nearly lost his balance.’
He leaned down to tie his shoes, resting his foot on the police patrol car, and ‘nearly lost his balance.’
‘I asked Woods if he wished to takeoff his shoes. Woods removed his shoes and left them under the front end of my patrol vehicle,’ the officer said in the report.
Woods appeared confused and seemed to struggle during the sobriety tests.
At one point, when Woods was asked to say recite the alphabet backwards to check if he might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he instead offered to ‘recite the entire national anthem backwards.’
‘When asked if he understood the directions he stated, ‘yes, recite the entire national anthem backwards.’
Only after the instructions were repeated did he eventually get it right.
‘After several times of explaining the instructions he competed the task correctly,’ the officer said in the report.
Performing under pressure: After failing four field sobriety tests, Woods did manage to successfully recite the national anthem backwards (report above)
Family: Wodds and ex-wife Elin Nordegren share custody of their daughter Sam, 9, and son Charlie, 7 (Woods and Nordegren with Sam in 2009 above)
Woods was also asked to perform a Walk & Turn first according to the affidavit, but ‘could not maintain starting position,’ ‘missed heel to toe each time,”stepped off line several times’ and ‘used arms for balance.’
Woods also ‘stopped walking to steady self’ at one point notes the report.
He next was asked to perform a One Leg Stand, and was unable to raise his leg off the ground six inches, placing his foot down ‘several times’ while he tried to complete the test.
The Finger To Nose seemed to confuse Woods, who despite having the instructions explained to him multiple times and claiming he understood what was being asked of him failed to complete the task as ordered according to the report.
Woods also did not complete the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus as he ‘did not follow the stimulus.’
In total, six members of law enforcement were involved in the arrest, five of whom were on the scene of the incident at some point on Monday.
‘Based on all my observations, Woods SFSTs, and statements made by Woods, I believed I had probably cause to arrest and charge Woods with DUI.’
The golf pro was placed in handcuffs, placed under arrest and transported to the station where at 4am, a little less than two hours after the arrest, Woods was observed by one of the officers on the scene for 20 minutes prior to submitting to a breathalyzer.
The affidavit notes that Woods’ speech was ‘slow, sluggish, very slurred’ and his attitude was described as ‘sluggish, sleepy, unable to walk alone.’
Woods was ‘cooperative as much as possible’ but ‘very droopy, extremely sleepy’ and had trouble keeping his eyes open.
The breathalyzer was agreed to the report notes, and the results were explained to Woods after he blew a .000 twice in the span of three minutes.
He then agreed to the urine test, which was drawn at 4:40 am according to the report, and was read his rights. The results of which have not been released at the time.
Vicodin is a powerful painkiller prescribed for moderate to severe pain.
It contains a mix of hydrocodone (an opioid) and acetaminophen (a less potent painkiller, like Tylenol, that accentuates the effects of hydrocodone).
Hydrocodone can slow or stop breathing. Too much acetaminophen can damage the liver.
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.’
Users are warned not to take Vicodin if:
– they have taken a MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days
– they have recently taken a sedative
– they have a history of alcohol problems
The affidavit, which also reveals that Woods was on four prescription drugs – Soloxex [sic], Vicodin, Torix and Vioxx. The affidavit notes that Woods has not taken Vioxx this year.
Woods refused however to complete the question and answer section of the form, which involves a mix of general questions about the current date and time along with personal questions about physical aliments or any prescription drugs an individual is taking at the time.
In the Notice to Appear, Officers state that there was no indication of alcohol influence during Woods’ arrest, but under drug influence marked ‘unknown.’
Woods, who occupation is listed as ‘athlete,’ is facing a traffic misdemeanor for his driving under the influence arrest and will make his first appearance in court later this summer.
That appearance is a mandatory one for Woods, who must be in attendance on that date according to the notice he received on Monday.
He could be facing up to six months in prison if convicted on the charge, and be ordered to pay $1,000 in fines while performing up to 50 hours of community service.
Woods could also walk free if test show he took no more than the recommended dosage of his medication, which was prescribed by a medical professional.
It was hard for the golfer to walk according to the report, which notes that he has undergone four left knee surgeries and four Achilles operations.
Woods’ first knee surgery occurred back in 1994 while he was still in college, with the teenager having a benign tumor removed from his knee.
His Achilles injuries meanwhile all came around the same time his career began to spiral back in 2008, with the four operations he underwent occurring between then and 2012.
Not noted on the report is the fact that Woods has also had four procedures done on his back as well, the most recent being the fusion procedure he underwent in April.
‘The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,’ Woods said shortly after the operation.
‘When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.’
Work in progress: It was also hard for the golfer to walk according to the report, which notes that he has undergone four left knee surgeries and four Achilles operations (surgeries above)
Rough time: Woods had difficulty signing his name (top left) and then writing in print (bottom right) on his Notice to Appear at 7:30am on Monday morning
His most recent blog post was just six day ago, and the typically laconic Woods wrote in depth about how happy he was with his surgery and his excitement about a possible return to golf.
‘It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,’ wrote Woods.
He went on to say that while it was a difficult decision to make, he ultimately agreed to the surgery so he could ‘have a life with his kids.’
Woods said he has not taken this in the past year.
Vioxx was withdrawn from the US market in 2004 over safety concerns that it increases risk of heart attack and stroke.
A major report published by the journal Lancet found that 88,000 Americans had heart attacks from taking Vioxx, and 38,000 of them died.
It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (known medically as rofecoxib) that was once prescribed to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain conditions and period pains.
Last year, manufacturer Merck & Co had to pay $830 million to resolve a class action suit with shareholders.
The company has reserved $4.85 billion to settle legal claims with patients.
Here is a brief timeline:
– May 1999: First approved by the FDA in 1999, Vioxx was sold by Merck & Co.
– December 1999: within months, a safety panel found that scores of patients had suffered serious heart problems or died – double the rate of those on a similar drug with different properties.
– In the ensuing years, numerous studies found similar issues – but in that time, 20 million Americans took the drug
– September 2004: Merck withdraws the drug after a large study found the clearest evidence that Vioxx increases the risk of heart attacks
Woods then wrote about his career moving forward, stating: ‘As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.’
He added: ‘But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.’
The golfer closed out the post as if it would be his last for some time, writing: ‘That’s about it for now. Have a great summer.’
Should he return, Woods would still be in striking distance of the two biggest PGA records, with his 79 wins just three shy of Sam Snead’s record 82 and his 14 Majors four shy of record-holder Jack Nicklaus.
Not one to weigh in on the personal matters of his fellow athletes, Nicklaus was forced to speak about Woods’ situation due to the fact that he had a previously scheduled press conference on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Memorial Tournament, which he founded over four decades ago.
When asked if he wanted to comment, Nicklaus responded: ‘Not really.’
He then added however: ‘I feel bad for Tiger. Tiger’s a friend. He needs all our help.’
Woods also owns a restaurant near his home in Jupiter, The Woods.
The establishment offers classic American fare and drinks along with a lengthy list of bourbons, ryes, cognacs and cigars.
He released a book this past March as well,
Forbes estimated Woods’ net worth to be $740million in 2016, with the golfer making $45.5million just that year in endorsements despite his lackluster play on the links.
Time will now tell if any of those big name sponsors, including Nike and Rolex, opt out of their relationship with the golfer.
Woods resigned with Nike back in 2013, but the company stopped making golf equipment last year, meaning that the athlete is being paid to wear their clothing.
And that is something he will not be doing for some time after his surgery.
Secret garden: Woods lives in a $54million mansion in Hobe Sound that is well guarded and secluded (entrance above)
In The Woods: The golfer also owns a restaurant near his home in Jupiter, The Woods (above), which offers classic American fare
That personal fortune meanwhile comes after Woods handed over $750million to first wife Elin Nordegren in their 2010 divorce.
The couple share custody of their daughter Sam, 9, and son Charlie, 7, with the exact details of their arrangement unknown due to a seal on the court documents,
It is unclear if this arrest might impact the agreement between Woods and his ex-wife.
Woods apologized for his actions in a statement late Monday, while claiming that he had not been drinking prior to his arrest and believed that he had suffered a reaction to a prescription medication.
The golfer underwent fusion surgery last month.
‘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,’ said Woods.
‘What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications affected me so strongly.’
He went on to state: ‘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.’
Woods then closed out by expressing his gratitude for the local authorities, saying: ‘I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Dept. and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism.’