Tiger Woods suspected of drinking before crash

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London, Dec 9 (ANI): Tiger Woods had been drinking before his car crash last month and had been prescribed addictive drugs, his wife reportedly told a Florida state trooper.

According to documents released by the Orange-Osceola state attorney's office in Orlando, the sportstar, 33, was suspected by state troopers of being "impaired" when he took his Cadillac Escalade on a brief but wild ride that ended when he hit a fire hydrant and a tree - the fabled crash that led to a hundred speculations and at least 10 mistresses.

A request by the Florida Highway Patrol to lay hands on his blood test results from a hospital was refused by the state attorney, despite being told that Woods, 33, "had consumed alcohol earlier in the day" and that he had been prescribed the sleeping drug Ambien and the painkiller Vicodin, reports The Times.

"Insufficient information provided to lawfully issue subpoena," the written request was marked on November 30, by Steve Foster, the assistant state attorney.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that hospital sources had said that Woods was admitted to hospital as an "overdose" case and that doctors had inserted a tube into his trachea to help him to breathe.

Woods may face questions from his sponsors over the report submitted by Joshua Evans, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, to the state attorney's office after the crash.

"Suspect: Eldrick Tiger Woods . . . Crime suspected: driving under the influence with property damage," it noted, requesting legal authority to seize Woods' blood test results from the hospital.

Next to the question: "Why do you reasonably suspect a crime occurred?" Trooper Evans noted: "A witness stated that the driver had consumed alcohol earlier in the day . . . the same witness stated that the driver was prescribed medication (Ambien and Vicatin)," a misspelling of the painkiller Vicodin.

"Impairment of the driver is also suspected due to the careless driving that resulted in the traffic crash," the officer added in his report. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 12:07 [IST]
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