Massachusetts residents may have read reports about an incident involving Tiger Woods. Woods was taken into custody by police in Florida on DUI charges on May 29, but the former world number one says that his disoriented demeanor was caused by an unexpected reaction to medication that he had been prescribed by his doctor. Police reports revealed that the four-time Masters winner had no alcohol in his system at the time of the incident.
Those reports also indicate that Jupiter police took Woods into custody after discovering him sleeping at the wheel of his stationary but idling vehicle near Indian Creek Parkway. Officers say that the professional golfer was unsteady on his feet and unable to perform a series of standard field sobriety tests. Reports suggest that Woods was cooperative both at the scene and later at the Palm Beach County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance after about four hours.
Woods once seemed destined to shatter most of golf’s greatest records, but his career has been plagued by injuries in recent years. Woods was taken into custody just five weeks after undergoing back surgery that will sideline him for the rest of the 2017 season. It was the 41-year-old athlete’s fourth major back surgery.
There are situations where experienced criminal defense attorneys may mount an involuntary intoxication defense to drunk driving charges. These arguments may be raised when defendants suffer from undiagnosed medical conditions or there is evidence suggesting that drinks may have tampered with, and attorneys could also claim involuntary intoxication when their clients reacted unexpectedly to prescription medications.
Source: ESPN.com, “Tiger Woods found asleep in car at time of arrest; no alcohol found in breath test”, Bob Harig, May 30, 2017