Tiger Woods pleads not guilty to DUI charges

Richard Graulich

The DUI program that Woods will enter allows him to get off with 12 months of probation in exchange for pleading to the reckless driving charge, which can later be expunged from his record, The Palm Beach Post reported. Asked where he was going at the time the officer found him, Woods said he didn't know.

Tiger Woods will plead not guilty for his driving under the influence charge at his arraignment hearing Wednesday, according to the Associated Press (via NBC Sports). Woods claimed he was under the influence of a bad mix of medicine, including prescription painkillers, at the time of the DUI and no alcohol was found in his system.

Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis said Woods entered the plea Wednesday.

Woods was completely out of it - but insisted he wasn't drunk, it was an unexpected reaction to mixed prescription medication.


"He would also have to pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged", continued Spencer. "Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant's attendance", writes the aforementioned Spencer. Since the program began four years ago, nearly 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. It's not clear how he damaged the vehicle.

A blood sample taken after his arrest tested positive for painkiller Vicodin and antidepressant Xanax, but proved he had no alcohol in his system.

Woods has won 14 major golf championships, second only to Jack Nicklaus, but has competed little during the past two years after undergoing multiple back surgeries.

His public image suffered severe damage on Thanksgiving weekend 2009 when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-home in Windermere, Florida. His last win was in August 2013.

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