BEVERLY HILLS, February 24, (THEWILL) – America’s iconic golfer Tiger Woods is in no danger of facing any criminal charges presently, stemming from Tuesday’s single-car crash in California, according to the local sheriff’s office in the county.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, was quoted as saying on Wednesday that: “He was not drunk. We can throw that one out.”
Villanueva provided more context to his position when he added that the road on which Woods was driving when the crash occurred had seen 13 total crashes since January last year.
On Tuesday, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department announced emergency personnel had extricated the 45-year-old from his vehicle, which had “sustained major damage.” Villanueva said later that day in a press conference the car rolled over “several times” in addition to striking the curb and a nearby tree in the vicinity.
Via a Twitter post, Woods’ representatives provided an update on his status early Wednesday morning, announcing he was “currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room” following surgery on multiple leg injuries.
Included in the post were the words of Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, who said the golf legend “suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity,” including “open fractures” to his tibia and fibula.
The 45-year-old was in California for the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades that was hosted by his charitable foundation, the TGR Foundation.
Woods, a 15-time major champion, has not competed since the 2020 Masters in November. His status for the 2021 Masters had been in doubt because of a fifth surgical procedure on his back in January, which he was still recovering from.
DUI or Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol are crimes in LA and are filed under Vehicle Code Section 23152(a). The law makes it unlawful to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both with offenders liable to face criminal charges.