[USA], Aug 10 (ANI): According to a reported plea deal worked out with the state prosecutors, Tiger Woods might enter Palm Beach County's first-time DUI offender program, months after his Florida arrest.
The pro golfer failed to appear before the court in Palm Beach Gardens for his scheduled arraignment on Wednesday, reports E! Online.
Attorney Douglas Duncan, on his behalf, met the court personnel and reset the next hearing for October 25.
As stated in the Palm Beach County's booking sheet, Woods was arrested early May 29 morning, in Jupiter, Florida for having an unlawful blood alcohol level while driving.
Later, Woods described the mishap as "unexpected reaction to prescribed medications."
"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," Woods said.
State attorney, Dave Aronberg said in a statement that the defendant is required to plead guilty at arraignment to reckless driving. The state prosecutor may not prosecute him for his driving under the influence charge if he meets the conditions of the state's requirements, including "DUI school, victim impact panels, and 12 months of probation, which includes a ban on alcohol and drug possession and consumption."
Aronberg's noted, "The Program is an important effort to make our community safer by ensuring that drivers prosecuted for first-time DUIs (for both alcohol and drug use) have their underlying substance abuse issues addressed. Defendants accept responsibility for their actions, our streets are safer, and taxpayers benefit from fewer trials and lower costs to our criminal justice system."
Early July, he confirmed that he had completed an out-of-state intensive program.(ANI)