A police officer in Jupiter, Florida, found Tiger Woods asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes, which was idling on the side of a road near his home early Monday morning.
According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jupiter road patrol officer Matthew Palladino found the golf legend buckled into his 2015 Mercedes at 4:22 a.m. The car was running, its brake lights were illuminated, and the right signal was flashing when officer Palladino found him, about eight miles from his waterfront home.
Mr. Woods was confused and “had extremely slowed and slurred speech,” the police report noted. When awakened, Mr. Woods said he was “coming from L.A. California, from golfing.” After a few moments he stated he didn’t know where he was.
A breathalyzer test showed no evidence that Mr. Woods had alcohol in his system, but he told police that he had taken a cocktail of prescription drugs, possibly consisting of Solarex, Vicodin and Torix. The report noted that Mr. Woods had a Vioxx prescription, which he said he had not taken this year.
The police report also noted that Mr. Woods failed a field sobriety test, unable to do the one-leg stand and nose-touch tests, according to TMZ. He was arrested and taken to a testing facility. The report says he was “cooperative as much as possible, very droopy, extremely sleepy, hard to keep eyes open, hard to walk.” He was given a July date to appear in court.
In a statement later in the day Monday, Mr. Woods apologized and said he took responsibility for his actions, attributing his behavior to an “unexpected reaction” from his medications.
“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” the statement says.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Mr. Woods, 41, has undergone multiple surgeries recently on his back, knees, and heels. He has been sidelined from professional tournaments for two consecutive years because of his injuries.
Last week, in an update about his recovery, Mr. Woods said that “as for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive.”