Tiger Woods Sentenced to 1 Year Probation After Pleading Guilty To Reckless Driving
Tiger Woods was on Friday sentenced to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving.
The deal will keep him out of jail as long as stays out of trouble, resolving charges from an arrest last May in which he was found passed out in his Mercedes.
Officers found the superstar golfer slumped at the wheel of his parked Mercedes-Benz not far from his Florida home, and a toxicology report found he had several legal medications in his system and marijuana’s active ingredient.
As part of Friday’s plea bargain, he is required to attend a drug treatment programme and undergo drug testing, BBC writes.
Woods spoke only briefly during the hearing at a Palm Beach County courthouse, answering questions from a judge about his plea agreement after prosecutors dropped a driving under the influence charge.
“This particular plea agreement has no jail time,” Judge Bosso-Pardo noted during the sentencing.
“However, if you violate your probation in any significant way, I could revoke your probation and sentence you to jail for 90 days with a fine of up to $500.”
“Is that understood?” she asked.
Woods replied: “Yes.”
The 41-year-old will enter a diversion program and spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs.
Woods arrived at the courthouse in a black sport utility vehicle, wearing sunglasses and a dark suit with no tie with a sea of police officers around him.
He was arrested about 2 a.m. May 29 when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes, which was parked awkwardly on the roadside and had damage to the driver’s side.
The DUI arrest was the first time Woods had been in trouble since November 2009, when he ploughed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Florida, home, leading to revelations of multiple extramarital affairs and a split from wife, Elin Nordegren.
With 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles, he remains no. 2 all time list, but he hasn’t competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year.
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