Tiger Woods says alcohol not involved in DUI arrest in Florida
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Tiger Woods says alcohol not involved in DUI arrest in Florida

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Tiger Woods insisted in a Monday public statement that alcohol did not play a factor in his Florida arrest in the early Monday hours on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

Woods' statement reads in full:

I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.

I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.

I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.

I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.

I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office for their professionalism.

Woods was pulled over approximately 3 miles from his restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, at 3 a.m. on suspicion of DUI. He was arrested and booked in Palm Beach Public Jail at just after 7 a.m., and he was released on his own recognizance just before 11 a.m. Monday.

In late April, Woods underwent a fourth back surgery in three years, a spinal fusion procedure designed to give him long-term relief from nerve pain in his back. Woods said in a recent update that he isn't able to twist his back for another three months, and certainly Woods would have been prescribed medication as part of his recovery.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's office has yet to release its police report or any potential body- or dash-cam footage of Woods' stop and arrest.

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