Tiger Woods court hearing on DUI arrest rescheduled for Friday

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Tiger Woods court hearing on DUI arrest rescheduled for Friday

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Tiger Woods court hearing on DUI arrest rescheduled for Friday

By Melissa E. Holsman and Will Greenlee, TCPalm.com

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Tiger Woods and his lawyer are expected to be in court Friday about the golfing legend’s arrest in May when he was found asleep at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz in Jupiter.

The 1:30 p.m. arraignment hearing will be at the North County Government Center in front of Palm Beach County Court Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo. The facility is about a 13-mile drive from Woods’ listed address on Jupiter Island in Martin County.

Court papers indicate Woods must be present for the hearing.

The arraignment had been set for Aug. 9, but was continued to Wednesday. On Tuesday, Debra Oats, public information officer for the 15th Judicial Circuit Court Administrator’s Office, said the arraignment was moved to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The reason for the rescheduling was not immediately clear.

At the government center on the August date, Woods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, largely declined comment, but Mike Edmondson with the 15th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office said Woods would be entered into a first-time DUI offender program. The 15th Circuit serves Palm Beach County.

The program, which began in 2013 in Palm Beach County, requires defendants to plead guilty at arraignment to reckless driving and then the DUI charge is dropped.

Woods, 41, arrested after police found him inside his running car with a blinker on, will take part in the program, Edmondson has said.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, those in the first-time DUI offender program will have adjudication withheld after completing a “rigorous set of requirements, such as DUI school, victim impact panels, and 12 months of probation, which includes a ban on alcohol and drug possession and consumption.”

More than 2,100 people have been entered into the first-time DUI offender program, with few having another DUI, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

In addition to being cited for DUI, according to court documents, Woods was cited for improper parking and reckless driving. His black four-door 2015 Mercedes had stopped on the roadway in the right-hand lane and right shoulder, according to the traffic citation.

Woods was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 7:18 a.m. May 29, after his arrest. He was released on his own recognizance about 3 1/2 hours later.

The arrest occurred about 3 a.m. during a traffic stop off Military Trail, just south of Indian Creek Parkway, according to Jupiter police spokesperson Kristin Rightler.

Tests showed Woods had no alcohol in his system. He told officers he had taken Xanax and other prescribed medications.

Woods underwent fusion surgery on his back in April, the fourth procedure on his back since 2014.

Woods announced on July 3 he had completed an in-patient treatment program to help manage his medications and to deal with a sleep disorder.

“I will continue to tackle this going forward with my doctors, family and friends. I am so very thankful for all of the support I’ve received,” Woods said in a statement.

His agent told the Associated Press Oct. 16 doctors have cleared him to practice golf without limitations. Still to be determined is when Woods can play in a tournament.

His last victory was four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th World Golf Championships title. He has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms, according to USA Today.

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