Florida Highway Patrol suspect Woods was under the influence of either Ambien or Vicodin, or both, the night of his collision outside his home. A witness told police Woods was drinking early that day; however, the request for a blood sample from Woods was denied on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to issue a subpoena.
In the official request for an investigative subpoena, Woods is suspected of Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage. Where the request form asks for reasoning behind the suspected crime, Trooper Evans states, “The driver lost control of his vehicle, crashed and was transported to the hospital. A witness stated that the driver had consumed alcohol earlier in the day and the same witness removed the driver from the vehicle after the collision. Also, the same witness stated that the driver was prescribed medication (Ambien and Vicatin – [Vicodin]). Impairment of the driver is also suspected due to the careless driving that resulted in the traffic crash.”
Could Tiger Woods be facing reckless driving charges, or even worse DUI charges, after he crashed his car at low speed outside his Florida home early Friday morning? According to state police, charges are pending. Woods has however, hired a criminal defense lawyer, Mark NeJame.
NeJame is regarded as one of Florida’s most famous and noted defense attorneys, having represented, Jesse Maali, Lou Pearlman, and perhaps most notably Casey Anthony’s parents. In a statement issued to ABC News, NeJame stated, “We stand by his (Woods’) previous statement, regarding his privacy,” refusing to speak to the media or even the police.
It is believed that law enforcement has very little to go on, as there were no witnesses to the accident and Tiger and his wife have refused to give a statement. According to state law, the couple is not required to give police a statement; however, if they do, it must be a truthful statement. A falsified statement could potentially lead to a resisting arrest without violence charge, which is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.
In a statement issued directly on tigerwoods.com, Woods writes, “As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.” Woods continues to say, “This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
The accident was reported by Woods’ neighbor, who apparently, based on his 911 call, didn’t know that it was Tiger behind the wheel of the car.
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