Golf legend Tiger Woods was sentenced to a year of probation Friday after pleading guilty to reckless driving.
The New York Times reported that Woods, 41, entered the plea in a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, courtroom. In addition to probation, Woods was also ordered to participate in a rehabilitation program.
Friday’s plea allowed Woods to avoid a more serious DUI charge stemming from the May 29 incident. Jupiter police found the 41-year-old asleep behind the wheel of his damaged Mercedes. Once he woke up, Woods claimed his confused state was due to medications prescribed following his fourth back surgery, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Woods had no alcohol in his system at the time of his 3 a.m. arrest. However, tests revealed that the golfer had five drugs—Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien, and THC—at the time, according to the New York Post.
TMZ reported that Woods was originally charged with DUI, reckless driving, and improper stopping. He issued a public apology shortly after the incident and entered rehab.
Woods is barred from consuming drugs or alcohol while on probation. The reckless driving charge will be removed from his record after completing his probation and the court-ordered diversion program. However, the tabloid noted that he faces 90 days in jail if he violates his probation.
The Post reported that Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo also fined the 41-year-old $250 and ordered him to complete 50 hours of community service.
Palm Beach County State Attorney, Dave Aronberg, told reporters Friday that, aside from the media coverage, Woods hasn’t received any preferential treatment.
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