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Tiger Woods pleads guilty, enters first-time offender program

Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel on

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"The program is an important effort to make our community safer by ensuring that drivers prosecuted for first-time DUIs (for both alcohol and drug use) have their underlying substance abuse issues addressed," Aronberg wrote in a statement.

But violations can come at a high price, such as a mandatory 90-day jail sentence.

Woods was arrested after a police officer approached his idling car in the 2900 block of Military Trail at 2:03 a.m. He appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. Police did not see him driving. His black 2015 Mercedes had two flat tires, damage to the rims and bumpers, scrape marks on the driver's side and a taillight appeared to be out, according to police.

While Woods was slurring his speech and stumbling around, there were no signs he had been drinking. He passed a Breathalyzer test with perfect 0.00, but still failed field sobriety tests, police said.

A patrol car dash-cam video shows Woods unsteady on his feet. He was unable to turn and walk a straight line, maintain a standing position on one leg or understand instructions to recite the alphabet. On his arrest report, Woods was described as "cooperative, confused."

"Woods stated that he was coming from LA Calif from golfing," wrote the officer who woke the golfer. "Woods stated that he did not know where he was."

Woods later told officers the medications he had been taking included Vicodin, a pain medication, and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

The back surgery has been hailed as a success, with Woods declaring relief from pain and a likely comeback to competitive golf.

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