Tiger Woods received his sentencing for his May 29th DUI on Friday. The sentence was handed down after pleading guilty to reckless driving.
On the day in question, Florida police found the professional golf star unconscious behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz. He was arrested Jupiter, Florida on charges of DUI, reckless driving, and improper stopping.
When reports came back, toxicology showed that Woods had a cocktail of several painkillers, anxiety calmer Xanax, a sleeping pill, and the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, in his system.
The court sentences Woods to “take a diversion program, pay a $250 fine and court costs, perform 20 hours of community service, attend DUI school, and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers discuss how their lives were damaged by impaired driving,” reported the Daily Mail.
He’ll also be required to take regular drug tests.
He was not charged with a DUI because Palm Beach County's First Time Offender pre-trial program allows DUI charges to be vacated. The charge was waved on the condition that he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving.
Richard Clausi, the Deputy State Attorney who oversees the county's misdemeanor prosecutions, said that “less than 1 percent of the program's participants have reoffended. He said the key has been getting offenders to take responsibility for their actions without requiring a trial and making sure they complete the program.”
In August, Woods issued a statement, apologizing for his poor decision making. He explained that he had been self-medicating for pain caused by his fourth back surgery and insomnia. He did address the marijuana found in his system, and none was found in his possession.
'I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance,' Woods said after having completed a drug treatment program in July.
The DUI arrest was Woods first run-in with the law since Thanksgiving weekend 2009. In that incident, he when he drove his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his home. This led the discovery of his multiple extramarital affairs, and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren. At that time, he spent 45 days in a Mississippi clinic where he was treated for sex addiction.
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