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Tiger Woods DUI arrest: New dashcam video shows cops questioning golf star

  • Florida authorities released dashcam video showing Tiger Woods being questioned by police during an incident that ended with the golf star being charged with driving under the influence.
  • One of the videos shows Woods appear to be unsteady as he is given a field sobriety test.
  • Woods was found asleep at the wheel when police approached his car just after 2 a.m. ET.

Florida authorities on Wednesday released dashcam video showing Tiger Woods being questioned by police during an early Monday incident that ended with the golf star being charged with driving under the influence.

Woods, 41, has said he suffered from an unexpected reaction from medication, and court documents show he blew 0.00 after being given two Breathalyzer tests.

One of the videos released Wednesday shows Woods appear to be unsteady as he is given a field sobriety test, which involves walking heel-to-toe along, and appearing to become confused when asked to recite the alphabet.

Woods was found asleep at the wheel when police approached his car just after 2 a.m. ET about nine miles from his Jupiter Island home, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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The video shows officers approach Wood's Mercedes-Benz pulled over on the side of the road with its right turn signal on. An officer tells Woods he was stopped "in the middle of the road."

The car's engine was running, the responding officer said. The officer said Woods was roused from his sleep. The officer said he "had extremely slow and slurred speech."

Woods submitted to a sobriety test and took two breathalyzer tests, which registered a 0.00 reading, indicating he was not under the influence of alcohol. But police noted four medications used after knee and Achilles tendon injuries.

He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, court records show.

Woods, who had a fourth back surgery in April, offered an apology later Monday but denied alcohol was involved.

"What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications," he said in a statement. "I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly."

In one of dashcam videos, Woods says he is headed to Jupiter, Florida. Later in the hard-to-hear audio, he appears to say he's coming from L.A., and headed to Orange County, and Woods appears to say he doesn't know where he is.

In another video, Woods says he is coming from Jupiter, and doesn't know where he was going, and that he didn't remember being asleep in the car.

Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau.
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Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau.

When asked whether he had been drinking, Woods says no. When asked, Woods did say he had taken medication that evening. Woods appears to become confused when asked to repeat the alphabet, and begins walking away, asking "what are we doing?" He is later taken into custody without incident.

The videos were released under a public records request.

The 14-time tournament winner has remained one of the wealthiest athletes in the world, according to Forbes. But a slew of injuries over the years have brought his career to a near standstill, and he remained off the fairway for 16 months until last December, when he competed in a tournament event.

In 2009, Woods was involved in another car accident in which he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and neighbor's tree, and was charged with careless driving. In the aftermath, rumors surfaced that Woods had been having extramarital affairs with other women.

He eventually admitted to his sexual indiscretions in a television statement in which he famously admitted, "I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated."

Soon after, he and wife Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model, announced their divorce after almost seven years together.

Woods, beset by injuries, was unable to jump-start his career until 2013, when he racked up tournament victories again. But nagging back pain and spasms forced him to withdraw from competitions, including the Masters, which he first won in 1997 at just 21 years old.

This year has been spent playing in a limited capacity. Woods wrote on his website in April that he underwent another "successful" back surgery to alleviate pain in his back and leg.

"When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long," he said.

Sports analysts speculate Woods shouldn't be expected to return to the links any time this year. His arraignment related to the DUI charge is scheduled for July.