16th December 08:39 AM
Tiger Woods won't attend impaired driving hearing
By Lena Reece
Wednesday 09/08/2017
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods will not attend his Florida arraignment tomorrow on a driving under the influence charge, meaning under court rules the superstar golfer will be pleading not guilty.

Attorney Douglas Duncan said in an email today to The Associated Press that Woods will not be attending the hearing, but he didn't elaborate.

Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant's attendance.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office declined comment.

Woods could have agreed today to enter a program for first‑time DUI defendants. He would have to plead guilty to reckless driving and receive a year's probation.

He would also have to pay a US$250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged.

He also would have also been subject to random drug and alcohol testing and other conditions.

Still, the decision for now keeps Woods' troubles in the headlines.

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