The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has executed a search warrant to obtain data from the “black box” in the vehicle Tiger Woods wrecked near LA, to determine if the golf legend was reckless or distracted at the time of the crash.
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Some investigators theorize that Tiger may have been asleep at the time of the crash because there was no apparent attempt to brake and he doesn’t remember the crash at all.
But the sheriff’s department has decided not to seek a warrant to obtain Woods’ blood to help determine whether he was under the influence of medication at the time of the crash Feb. 23.
To obtain such a warrant for the black box, law enforcement is required to establish there was probable cause that a crime was committed, even if it’s just a misdemeanor.
A sheriff’s deputy Tuesday downplayed the warrant as a routine part of their probe.
He said he didn’t consider it a criminal investigation, but rather due diligence. The affidavit that the sheriff’s department used to establish such probable cause was not immediately available.
Woods broke his right leg in several places and could take a year to recover.