UPDATE: The most recognizable name in golf, Tiger Woods, pleaded guilty to reckless driving during an appearance in a Palm Beach County courtroom today.
The DUI charge was dropped in exchange for the reduced plea in conjunction with the county’s first-time offender’s diversion plan. The deal means Woods could avoid jail time if he stays out of trouble for a year.
He will be placed on probation for 12 months, pay $5,000 in fines, perform 50 hours of community service, and attend a DUI class. If Tiger Woods abides by all of the requirements of the program, his DUI charges will be wiped from his record.
Here is our previous article concerning this case:
Tiger Woods is scheduled to appear before a Palm Beach County judge on Friday and expected to take a plea bargain in response to his May DUI arrest.
Jupiter police officers discovered Woods unconscious in his idling Mercedes-Benz, which was parked somewhat on the roadside in the 2900 block of Military Trail at 2:03 a.m. Police, who did not see him driving, noted extensive damage to the car. He was about 15 miles from his home.
He failed a field sobriety test, but Woods blew a perfect 0.0 Breathalyzer test.
Tiger Woods, who is one of the world’s most recognizable athletes, was listed as “cooperative, confused” by the officer who awakened him.
Toxicology reports later showed that Woods had five drugs in his system – the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the active ingredient for marijuana, the sleeping drug Ambien, two painkillers — Vicodin and Dilaudid — but no alcohol.
In a statement in August, Woods said he had been self-medicating for pain caused a recent back surgery and insomnia. No drugs were found in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Woods stated he had an “unexpected reaction” to medication and added that he was attempting to regulate his pain on his own.
Last month, the winner of 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major golf titles announced that he had completed an out-of-state “private intensive program” specifically for dealing with pain medications, and would “continue to tackle this going forward.”
Most recently, social media has seen a series of teasers released by Woods showcasing his “stinger” and divulging the news that he has been 100% medically cleared to play golf.
In Palm Beach County, the First Time Offender pre-trial plan allows a DUI charge to be dropped pending a guilty plea to misdemeanor reckless driving.
Those entering the plan receive a one-year probation during which the person must abstain from alcohol and non-prescribed drugs. Random urine tests, a $250 fine and 50 community service hours are also required in the program.
The plan is offered to those who have not been arrested for DUI before and have no other felony charges or charges for possession of drugs.