Tiger Woods a No-Show at DUI Hearing as Lawyer Enters Not Guilty Plea on His Behalf
The golf champ will be entering a diversion program.
Tiger Woods' attorney arrived at a Florida court hearing Wednesday concerning the golfer's high-profile May traffic stop during which his speech was noticeably slurred and he failed a sobriety test — but Woods himself sat this round out.
The golf legend will be entering the Palm Beach County State Attorney's first-time DUI offender diversion program, a spokesman for the state attorney said.
Participants in the program can serve 12 months' probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge. Woods signed up with intent Wednesday and will enter the program in October, per WPEC.
Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis made clear, though, that Woods has only agreed to enter the program and is not yet legally committed.
"There has not been a deal at this point. He has signed up for a court date to enter into the diversion and we'll see on October 25 if that's going to happen," she told reporters. "Today he signed to enter into the diversion program."
Woods was able to sign up because he had no previous DUI convictions and had no prior pre-trial intervention program, among other factors.
The guilty plea can later be expunged so he would have a clean record.
Woods, 41, was busted in Jupiter on Memorial Day after police say they found him asleep at the wheel of his car. He was seen on police dashcam footage speaking incoherently and failing field sobriety tests.
He was found to be under the haze of meds he had taken for his injured back and sleep trouble after a breathalyzer test found he had not consumed alcohol.
Woods posted on Twitter in June that he'd be looking to get help.
“I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and sleep disorder,” he wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on Tour."
Woods told officers he had taken two painkillers, Vicodin and Turix, and possibly other drugs.
"I understand the severity of what I did and take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said in a statement following his release from jail. "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved."
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