Tiger Woods to Take Reckless Driving Plea, Enter DUI Program


Golfer Tiger Woods is expected to enter a programme for first-time DUI offenders to resolve charges filed against him after police found him asleep at the wheel of his parked auto alongside a Florida road, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. A plea deal was reached between prosecutors and Woods' attorneys that will have the golfer enter a diversion program beginning October 25. Defense attorney Douglas Duncan met with an assistant state attorney before the scheduled 8:30 a.m. arraignment, which was canceled. Woods showed signs of impairment, but did not have any sign of alcohol in his system.

Woods could still eventually enter a program for first-time DUI defendants.

Woods was arrested in May when officers found him asleep in his auto. "Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant's attendance", writes the aforementioned Spencer. Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and Xanax, which treats anxiety and insomnia, to cope with his fourth back surgery in April. He was charged with driving under the influence and improperly stopping his vehicle.

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Mr Woods later apologised, blaming the incident on "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications".

In mid-June, Woods said he was receiving professional help to manage his use of pain medications and a sleep disorder. The defendant will have the adjudication withheld upon completion of a rigorous set of requirements, such as DUI school, victim impact panels, and 12 months of probation, which includes a ban on alcohol and drug possession and consumption. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. He has only competed in a handful of events in the past couple of seasons and is now outside the top 1,000 in the world rankings.