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Tiger Woods had unlabeled pill bottle in SUV during car crash, was ‘somewhat combative’

An empty, unlabeled pill bottle was found near Tiger Woods’ wrecked SUV — and the pro-golfer was “somewhat combative” when first responders tried to treat him at the scene of his high-speed crash, according to a newly-released police report.

Tiger Woods car crashed along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles Feb. 23.
Tiger Woods car crashed along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles Feb. 23.
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The 22-page report obtained by TMZ said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies found an “empty plastic pharmaceutical container” in the front pocket of a backpack resting in the brush close to Woods’ car.

“The container had no label and there was no indication as to what, if anything, had been inside,” the report states. 

Surveillance video from the five-star Terranea Resort taken the morning of the crash showed Woods wearing a backpack and pulling a suitcase near the front desk, the report said.

No alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia were found inside the loaned 2021 Genesis GV80 Woods was driving when he crashed Feb. 23 in Rolling Hills Estates outside of Los Angeles.

There was no smell of booze and Woods’ eyes were not bloodshot or watery, according to police.

When EMTs tried to free him from the wreckage Woods, 45, was “somewhat combative” — and so disoriented he thought he was in Florida, where he lives, rather than in Southern California, the report said. 

Tiger Woods car crashed along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles Feb. 23.
Tiger Woods car crashed along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles Feb. 23.
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Authorities described how Woods was sitting in the front seat wearing his seatbelt and had blood on his face and chin at the scene. He was “responsive” and able to communicate — though in shock, the report said.

A witness who first came upon the wreck said he saw a set of golf clubs sticking out of the back window, and tried to pull them out so he could look inside.

The vehicle’s bumper and grille were missing and the front window was completely shattered.

Los Angeles Fire Captain Matt Levesque described to investigators how Woods’ blood pressure was so low due to shock from the crash, that they couldn’t give him any pain medications until he was in the ambulance.

“Captain Levesque told me that [Woods] was somewhat combative when they were trying to treat him on scene,” the detective wrote in the report.

“Levesque stated everything that he observed related to [Woods’] vital signs and combativeness was consistent with the type of traumatic injury,” the athlete suffered, the report added.

Police didn’t perform any field sobriety tests or try to collect blood samples from Woods, because they didn’t believe there was any reason to think he was inebriated.

Authorities said Wednesday that Woods was going as fast as 87 mph, close to double the limit, in the crash, which nearly killed him.

The PGA legend was barreling down Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes when he smashed into a raised median. He hit a curb and then a tree, sending SUV airborne before landing.

He was knocked unconscious in the accident and suffered serious injuries to his right leg that required surgery.

A vehicle rest on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, inset.
A vehicle rest on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, inset.AP; Getty Images

The report found that had Woods “applied his brakes to reduce speed or steered to correct the direction of travel” he would not have smashed into the median or crashed. 

Authorities said the accident didn’t warrant charges or citations for speeding or reckless driving because there weren’t any witnesses and no one else was hurt.


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