As players prepared for this week’s PGA Championship, Tiger Woods was busy pleading not guilty to his DUI charge stemming from his arrest on May 29. On Wednesday, the 14-time major winner informed the court of his expected decision and will enter a pre-trial diversion program.
A Palm Beach County judge ordered a continuance of the hearing on Oct. 25, when it is expected Woods will plead guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving, which is a second-degree misdemeanor and enter the diversion program.
Woods, who was not present for the hearing, will have to pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend a DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service and attend a DUI workshop as part of the program. He would also be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under the program.
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Woods’ attorney Douglas Duncan declined to comment following the hearing.
“He was not treated any differently than anybody else. … Anyone else in the same position as him would be offered the same exact thing,” chief assistant state attorney Adrienne Ellis told the Associated Press.
According to court documents, Woods “must be present” at the Oct. 25 hearing. NBC legal contributor Katie Phang said Woods’ attorney can submit a request to waive his appearance at the hearing but it’s not likely the court would allow that.
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