Many people began their personal celebrity monitoring routine this morning with the news that Tiger Woods is in a spot of bother again.
After cashing in his status as a near-unbeatable golf legend in exchange for a reputation as an international ladies’ man in 2009, Woods’ search to rediscover his old mastery of the golf sticks has since yielded few clues.
Perhaps while continuing that search in Florida early on Monday, police were sufficiently unimpressed with his driving to pull him over and lock him in the county jail. He was booked in at 7.18 am.
Woods, charged with Driving Under the Influence, mounted an interesting defence – “an unexpected response to prescribed medication.”
This will cut no ice with the institutions of Florida justice, because in America AS IN THE UK, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the drink-drive regulations without actually having had a drink or consumed illegal narcotics.
According to the UK government’s own website on the question, “It’s illegal in England and Wales to drive with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your driving.” Who knew?
Also in Who Knew?, if you’re convicted for “drug driving”, then besides the various possible penalties, points and months spent in an HMP, “You may have trouble travelling to countries like the USA.” So think on.
The Mirror reported last year that the number of people charged with drug driving had more than doubled in the previous 12 months, while the BBC reported last June that almost 8,000 people in England and Wales had seen their journey come a premature end thanks to drug driving laws.
The tougher new regulations were introduced in 2015 as a response to maniacs driving while overstimulated by illegal drugs, but it will come as a surprise to many that one can be a little too up or a little too down from prescription medicine for the police to just send you politely on your way if they consider your driving too creative.
The other massive setback of course, especially if you are an international superstar, is the annoyance of having a hugely unflattering mugshot of yourself shared freely with the world’s press.
Saint Peacock believes this is what’s known as a “no-win”.
Woods’ quest to reconnect with his mislaid talent goes on.
(If at all interested, the Palm Beach County “booking blotter” for “Woods, Eldrick Tiger”, can be seen here.)