Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida on charges of driving under the influence, according to WPTV. The booking blotter on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s website indicates that Woods was booked around 7 a.m. and released four hours later.
On Monday afternoon, Woods issued a statement claiming that, “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” not alcohol, was to blame for his DUI charge. The full statement reads:
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.
I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.
I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.
I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.
I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”
Woods has undergone four back surgeries since 2014 and wrote on his website last week, “It has been just over a moth since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel.”
One of Woods’ former mistresses, Cori Rist, told the New York Daily News on Monday, “I was definitely surprised and saddened when I heard the news this morning. I don’t like to see people suffer…. I would encourage people to take the high road here and offer their support.”
TMZ reported on Monday that a police officer smelled alcohol on Woods’ breath and that he refused to take a Breathalyzer test.