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Golfer Tiger Woods gets probation for sleeping in car

Tiger Woods MercedesFormer world number one golfer Tiger Woods was given one year’s probation last week for driving offences relating to passing out at the wheel of his car. Police officers found the golfer passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz in May.

The car was parked up close to his house in Jupiter, Florida. Video footage from the police officers’ dashcam showed Mr Woods as staggering and also slurring when he spoke. The officers arrested Woods and he was given toxicology tests.

These revealed traces of marijuana as well as prescription drugs. Woods had denied he had been drinking alcohol and this was borne out by the results of the tests. He blamed his disorientated state on an adverse reaction to medicine he was taking for recent back surgery.

Woods had faced charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving. He had already done 50 hours community service and the probation was part of a plea bargain to the reckless driving charge.

The judge at the Palm Beach court also told Woods he had to attend a drug treatment course and be tested to make sure he was staying away from drugs. Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo stated that the probation did not come with a custodial sentence, but this could change if the terms of probation were broken.

The judge warned Woods he would be looking at 90 days in jail if he violated the terms of the probation. He was also told the reckless driving conviction would be expunged providing he completes the drug treatment therapy.

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