Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tiger is NOT Out of the Woods

Golf superstar now seven over par, according to the latest allegations. What's next?
By Gillian Burnett, Vancouver Sun

MIAMI - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper suspected golfing superstar Tiger Woods had drunk alcohol on the day of his car accident last month, according to a subpoena request by the officer that was rejected by a state prosecutor.

The detailed subpoena request, released by the State Attorney's Office for Orange County on Monday, added fresh intrigue to the media storm around the world's No. 1 golfer, who ran his Cadillac SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree while pulling out of the driveway of his home at about 2 a.m. on November 27.

The November 30 request by the trooper for an investigative subpoena for Woods' blood test results was rejected by the State Attorney's Office due to "insufficient information provided." The request document listed the suspected crime as "Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage." Assistant State Attorney Steve Foster, who heads the state attorney's intake division, denied the request on November 30.

"Insufficient information provided to lawfully issue subpoena," Foster wrote.
Troopers wanted the blood results because they suspected Tiger Woods of "driving under the influence with property damage", the request said.

"A witness stated that the driver had consumed alcohol earlier in the day and the same witness removed the driver from the vehicle after the collision. Also, the same witness stated that the driver was prescribed medication (Ambien and [Vicodin]). Impairment of the driver is also suspected due to the careless driving that resulted in the traffic crash," the request states. The officer's request was denied and Woods has subsequently refused to talk to investigators.

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