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Woods 'at the wheel after taking narcotic analgesics'

Posted June. 01, 2017 07:16,   

Updated June. 01, 2017 07:27


It was found that the 42-year-old American "golf emperor" Tiger Woods who was first arrested with Driving Under Influence (DUI) charges was in fact driving after taking narcotic analgesics.

According to AP News on May 31, Woods told the police during the investigation that he "took four kinds of prescribed drugs including Vicodin." AP News explained that "as a type of narcotic analgesics, Vicodin alleviates back pain, but may cause drowsiness and impair physical abilities required to drive a car." It was found that Woods had extremely slow and slurred speech, and was staggering when police officers arrested him in Jupiter, Florida on May 29.

At first, the police suspected Woods as driving under influence, as he was found asleep with his seatbelt on in his Mercedes-Benz, which its engine was still running at the time. However, no alcohol was found in his system after breath tests. Woods also agreed to take a urine test after being released from the detention center, under the pledge to appear in front of the court. Woods explained that the prescribed medicines (to recover from back surgery) led to unexpected physical side effects.

Woods underwent four back surgeries for the last three years. This has led some U.S. news outlets suspect Woods of addiction to Vicodin after chronic dosages. Vicodin addiction led to 17,536 deaths in the U.S. in 2015 alone.

Yun-Cheol Jeong trigger@donga.com