Details have emerged from Tiger Woods‘ arrest early Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida, when he was charged with driving under the influence.
A police report from the Jupiter Police Department was released and it said that an officer witnessed Woods was asleep at the wheel when an officer noticed his black Mercedes stopped on the roadway. The officer had to wake up Woods when he approached the vehicle and noticed that Woods had “extremely slow and slurred speech.”
Woods allegedly told the officer that he was coming from Los Angeles from golfing and said that he didn’t know where he was. He changed the story of where he was going multiple times, and the officer didn’t notice any odor of alcohol.
The golfer failed field sobriety tests, including reciting the alphabet back to the officer. When the officer asked if Woods knew what was asked of him, he allegedly said “Yes, recite entire National Anthem backwards.”
Read the police report from Woods’ arrest in the document below:
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Woods is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. on July 5.
Woods later issued a statement, saying he experienced a negative side-effect of his prescribed medication.
“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans,” Woods said in his statement. “I expect more from myself too.”
Sources told TMZ that Woods was driving a 2015 Mercedes. A member of his team went to the police station to pick up the vehicle.
Woods was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. WPTV reports that Woods was stopped by police at around 3 a.m. on Military Trail South of Indian Creek Parkway. The arrest happened just south of his The Woods restaurant.
The former top-ranked golfer lives in Jupiter Island.
TMZ later reported that Woods’ girlfriend, Kristin Smith, was in Dallas at the time of Woods’ arrest. When she heard about it at a Neiman Marcus store, she “went crazy,” eyewitnesses told TMZ. “I knew it, I knew it,” she reportedly said as she cried and bought $5,000 worth of merchandise.
Woods has struggled to get back into shape after having his fourth back surgery since 2014 in April. As ESPN notes, he said a week before his arrest that he had no plans to retire and wants to play professional golf again.
“I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again,” the 41-year-old wrote on his website. “Presently, I’m not looking ahead. I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”
Woods last played in early February in Dubai and missed the entirety of the 2016 season. Although Woods has won 14 major championships, he hasn’t won any since winning the PGA Championship in 2007. He also recently co-wrote The 1997 Masters: My Story, to mark the 20th anniversary of his historic first Masters victory.
“He was grinding pretty hard on this one,” Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN. “Because the Masters has such a special place in his heart, and because it’s been such a special tournament for him, he really wanted to try and be there. And knowing the course so well, the local knowledge, he figured he had a chance to play. He grinded on this up until today.”
In Florida, a person can be charged with suspicion of DUI if their blood-alcohol level is .08 or above. For the first DUI conviction, the driver can receive a fine between $500-$1,000; 50 hours of community service; probation for up to a year; not more than six months in prison; and/or a license suspension for up to a year. If the driver’s blood-alcohol level is .15 or higher, the driver could be sentenced to up to nine months in prison for a first conviction and/or a fine between $1,000 and $2,000.