Tiger Woods had empty pill bottle with him and was ‘combative’ after horrific car crash

Woods was driving at almost twice the 45mph speed limit when he crashed in California in February

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Thursday 08 April 2021 22:13

Investigators Say Tiger Woods Was Speeding Right Before Crash

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Tiger Woods had an empty and unlabelled pills bottle with him during his harrowing car crash earlier this year, but was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a newly released police report.

Mr Woods suffered severe leg injuries when he crashed his Genesis SUV at high speed near Los Angeles, California, in February.

Investigators say that the golf superstar was driving between 84 and 87 mph in a 45 mph zone when the SUV crossed a median and rolled over in the suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Despite Mr Woods, 45, driving at almost double the sped limit, police have not issued him a citation or charged him with reckless driving.

Mr Woods had been on his way to filming for Golf TV when he crashed, and has told police that he does not even remember being behind the wheel.

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The newly released incident report, obtained by TMZ,  states that Mr Woods was “somewhat combative” when rescuers tried to free him from the wreckage of his car.

In the 22-page report Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies wrote that they found an “empty plastic pharmaceutical container” in the front pocket of a backpack that was near the golfer’s car.

Officers wrote that he was disorientated and thought he was in Florida, where he lives, rather than California.

Police said that the golfer’s speech was not slurred but that his pupils were “sluggish”.

The golf star was not asked to undertake a field sobriety test and investigators did not order any bloodwork as they said there was no probable cause to believe he was driving under the influence.

Officers stated that they believed Mr Woods was suffering from the side effects of shock caused by the accident.

Mr Woods issued a statement on Wednesday in which he thanked first responders for helping him at the scene of the crash.

“I will continue to focus on my recovery and family and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I’ve received throughout this very difficult time,” said Mr Woods.

He was recovering from a fifth back surgery at the time of the crash and told deputies that he did not know how the crash happened.

Mr Woods had been back in California to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, which ended two days before the crash.

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