Tiger Woods appears in Palm Beach County court to resolve DUI case
Golfer enters diversion program for first-time offenders after May arrest
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Superstar golfer Tiger Woods pleaded guilty Friday to a reckless driving charge and agreed to enter a diversion program to settle his May arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Woods, 41, appeared in a Palm Beach County courtroom, where he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. He walked out of the courthouse surrounded by deputies and his attorney without answering any questions from reporters.
Under Palm Beach County's first-time DUI offender program, Woods will spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs.
Other requirements include attending DUI school, performing 20 hours of community service and attending a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged.
Since he was intoxicated with prescription drugs and marijuana, Woods also must undergo regular drug tests.
Woods was arrested May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, where officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver's side.
The world's former No. 1 golfer didn't know where he was when asked by officers and he stumbled and swayed through a field sobriety test, police dashboard camera video showed.
Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and Xanax, which treats anxiety and insomnia, to cope with his fourth back surgery in April. Tests showed he had no alcohol in his system.
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