Tiger Woods, who was arrested for driving under the influence on May 29 in Jupiter, Florida, pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge on Wednesday. According to reports, he has agreed to enter a DUI diversion program for first-time DUI offenders, whereafter the charge would be dropped.
Woods did not physically appear in the Palm Beach County Court, as he was represented by attorney Douglas Duncan. Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said that Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in a future hearing on October 25, according to reports.
As part of the diversion program, Woods will reportedly spend one year on probation, pay $250 in fines and court costs, attend “DUI school,” perform 50 hours of community service and attend a workshop that includes victims of impaired drivers, among other conditions.
Woods DUI arrest occurred on May 29 when he was found asleep on the side of the road in his parked, 2015 Mercedes-Benz, which had “fresh damage” as “both [driver] side tires were flat,” and there was “minor damage to both respective rims.” Two breathalyzer tests administered at 4:28 a.m. and 4:31 a.m. that morning revealed Woods had no alcohol in his system, although he admitted to taking Xanax, Vicodin, and other medications.
The 14-time major champion has not competed in professional golf since February in the 2017 Dubai Desert Classic, where he withdrew ahead of the second round citing back spasms after an opening-round 77. Woods underwent spinal-fusion surgery in April; it was his fourth back surgery to date.