Professional golfer Tiger Woods ditched his Wednesday morning hearing in Florida court as his lawyer entered a not guilty plea to DUI charges that came from Woods’ Memorial Day arrest.
Douglas Duncan, who represents the legendary athlete, entered the plea on his behalf during the brief hearing in North County Court in Palm Beach Gardens. Woods would be allowed to serve a 12-month probation under the program in exchange for pleading guilty to reckless driving. The DUI charge would also be dropped.
According to Florida law, any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant to make an appearance in court.
On Memorial Day, May 29, Woods was found asleep behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz in Jupiter, where he has a home, and later arrested after failing multiple sobriety tests. However, no alcohol was present in his system.
Dashcam footage showed Woods stumbling and slurring his speech, completely unaware of where he was or what was happening. Reportedly, Woods was high on painkillers and prescription medications, such as Vicodin and Xanax. The medicine was prescribed for a back surgery the athlete had in April.
The athlete announced he had completed treatment at an out-of-state clinic to deal with his abuse of prescription medications.
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