Steven Bowditch charged with extreme DUI following arrest in Scottsdale

Steven Bowditch charged with extreme DUI following arrest in Scottsdale

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Steven Bowditch charged with extreme DUI following arrest in Scottsdale

Steven Bowditch was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI early Friday morning by Scottsdale Police, according to The Arizona Republic.

According to Fox 10 Phoenix, which talked with the Scottsdale Police, around 1:10 a.m. local time Friday, a motorist called police to report an impaired driver that was swerving all over the road in a white pickup.

Police told Fox 10 Phoenix that the pickup was later found at an intersection, where it sat through two green traffic signals without moving. Police further stated that officers had to wake Bowditch up, and he was removed from the truck.

Fox 10 Phoenix first reported the incident and arrest, stating that Bowditch had been accused of extreme DUI, which in Arizona constitutes having a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater within two hours of driving. He would be charged with extreme DUI, according to multiple outlets.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported through Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, that Bowditch’s BAC was .204 when he was taken into custody. The spokesman further told The Arizona Republic that Bowditch was booked into Scottsdale City Jail “due to the fact that he is an out of state resident.”

Bowditch was bonded out of the Jail later that morning.

Bowditch, 33, is in Scottsdale this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He opened the tournament in 3-over 74 and made it for his second-round tee time. But after another 74 on Friday, he will miss the cut.

This will in fact be his 11th missed cut in his last 12 starts and continues a downward trend for Bowditch, who experienced a rough 2015-16 season. He missed 12 of his final 16 cuts and was forced to deal with severe online heckling for his poor play.

He handled the harassment with great aplomb.

Bowditch is a two-time PGA Tour winner and hails from Australia.

Later on, Bowditch released a statement about what happened:

“I would like to apologize to my family, friends and supporters, as well as the PGA Tour and Waste Management Phoenix Open for the incident reported today. As I intend to fully cooperate with the authorities, I will not be making further comment at this stage.”

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