Tiger’s Still Not Out of the Woods

CaptureUnless you’ve been living in a sand trap, by now you’ve heard the news – Tiger Woods is again making headlines and not for his golf game.

On May 29, 2017, an officer found Woods asleep at the wheel, with the engine running, and the blinker signal on. Both tire rims on the driver’s side showed damage, both tires were flat, and white scuff marks were found on the bumper. The report states he was awoken with slurred speech and didn’t know where he was.

Classic drunk driving scenario, right?

Wrong.

Thinking Woods was [clearly] drunk, the officer on the scene performed a Breathalyzer test. The result? .000. Twice. No alcohol was found in his system. And yet, he was still arrested for a DUI.

That’s where this story loses most people.

DUI, or “Driving Under the Influence,” is commonly thought of as requiring drunken intoxication. While alcohol is the most prevalent cause, like most states, Florida’s law targets “impairment.” Specifically, it includes driving “under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance … or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired.”

And, despite the name, actually “driving” is not required. Rather, the statute incorporates intoxication when “in actual physical control of a vehicle.” Different jurisdictions will interpret this in various ways and to different extents, but most will consider your vehicle’s location, where within the vehicle you were located, where the keys were, and the vehicle’s operability.

According to the arrest report, Woods was “seated in the driver’s seat,” his car was running and “stopped in the roadway in the right lane” with the brake lights on and “the right blinker flashing.” Woods claims he had “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”

Woods’ court appearance is scheduled for July 5, 2017.

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