New Facts Emerge On The Tiger Woods Arrest
Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates recently commented about the arrest of professional golfer Tiger Woods on suspicion of driving under the influence near his home in Jupiter Island, Florida. Jupiter police encountered Woods near his home and arrested him around 2:00 a.m. on Memorial Day. Now, additional details have emerged regarding his arrest and the medication he took.
Fox News is reporting that Woods could not stay awake when police encountered him during those early morning hours. Police found him sounds asleep behind the wheel of his black Mercedes on a six-lane road in Jupiter. Police described the condition in which they found Woods' car. The car was parked at an angle, had two flat tires, the engine was running, and a turn signal was on.
Police approached Woods' car and tried to get him up. He was not easily roused and kept falling back asleep. A police officer was eventually able to wake Woods. When he came to, Woods' was severely disoriented and confused. According to police, Woods said that he just returned from playing golf in Los Angeles. Woods also stated reportedly that he did not know how far away he was from his Jupiter Island home or exactly where Woods was when he spoke with police. Police said he had a phone in his lap, his car had fresh damage, and he slurred his speech when he spoke.
Woods found it impossible to stay awake during the conversation with police. Eventually, Woods got out of the car at the request of police. The police indicated that Woods tried tying his shoes before taking field sobriety tests. He failed at doing so and simply removed them before he tried the tests. Police then had Woods attempted to perform a series of field sobriety tests. According to police, Woods' performance was so poor on the field sobriety tests that police stopped them for Woods' safety because Woods kept falling over.
Woods released a statement within hours after his release from jail on Monday. In this declaration, Woods maintained that he experienced an unexpected reaction to the powerful pain medication he was taking. Woods also said that alcohol played no role in this incident. The Jupiter Police indicated that Woods submitted to a breathalyzer test which he passed. He also agreed to provide a urine sample which will be sent for analysis. Those results have not been returned to police. Jupiter Police use dashboard cameras which most likely captured the police encounter with Woods. The police have not made the video public yet.
Woods told police that he consumed several pain medications. He had back fusion surgery in April and is taking painkillers during his recovery. Woods allegedly listed four medications that he took when he spoke to police. One of those was Vicodin. Vicodin is a powerful pain reliever that is opioid-based. Woods is also reportedly taking a muscle relaxer and a drug that is not approved for pain relief in the United States.
Many painkilling medications carry with them numerous warnings about the effects of the drug. Vicodin, for example, comes with a warning that cautions people not to drive while taking the medicine. Also, anti-anxiety medicine and even over-the-counter cold medicine can cause drowsiness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning for Vicodin consumers, which states that people should not drive while taking Vicodin because the drug can diminish mental acuity and impair the ability to operate a car and heavy machinery.
Woods is expected to appear in court on July 5 for his arraignment in Palm Beach County court.
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