Tiger Pleads Guilty to Reckless Driving Charge


Tiger Woods was in a South Florida courtroom on Friday entering his plea that stemmed from his May 29 arrest. The hearing lasted only a few minutes, but Woods had the details of his probation laid out for him by Sandra Bosso Pardo.

GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard was on hand and reported from the scene.

Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Friday in Palm Beach County and entered a diversion program following his arrest in May on a DUI charge.

Woods attended the seven-minute hearing before judge Sandra Bosso Pardo and will now have 12 months of probation to complete the program. The judge withheld adjudication on the reckless driving charge, which is a second-degree misdemeanor, and the charge could be expunged from his record if he successfully completes the program.

Under the program, Woods is required to pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend a DUI school and undergo a substance abuse evaluation and treatment program. According to state attorney Dave Aronberg, Woods has already completed the DUI school, substance abuse treatment and community service elements of the program.


“Mr. Woods was treated like every other defendant except for the media concerns,” Aronberg said.

Woods will also be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under the program, although he will be allowed to participate in a mail-in probation program each month and will not be required to meet with his probation officer personally. He will also be allowed to travel freely.

Woods was arrested at 2 a.m. on May 29 in Jupiter, Fla., when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side wheels and tires.

Under the diversion program, Woods will be required to make a $250 donation to Palm Beach County victim services and his vehicle will be immobilized for a 10-day period sometime while he’s on probation.

Woods has not competed since February, but he has released a series of videos via social media swinging various clubs in recent weeks and was spotted playing golf this week at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.



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