One of the latest developments regarding the Tiger Woods crash came on Tuesday night.
According to USA TODAY Sports, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant in order to obtain data from the “black box” inside the wrecked vehicle. What data was in this black box? Probably speed, angle and other information at the time of the wreck.
We also know law enforcement needs probable cause that some sort of crime was committed in order to execute a search warrant. Once again, we don’t know definitively what that possible crime could be, but it’s worth noting.
It’s also worth noting that a warrant was not obtained to get a blood sample from Woods, which could’ve determined whether he was under the influence of medication. For what it’s worth, his camp has been cooperative with authorities, and there was reportedly no probable cause to obtain his blood.
When discussing the executed search warrant, this is what Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl had to say:
“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” he said, via USA TODAY Sports. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”
Apparently, there was no probable cause to obtain his blood because there was no evidence that he was impaired. He seemed alert, according to authorities.
“We can’t just assume that somebody’s history makes them guilty,” Schloegl said in reference to the 2017 incident when Woods was found asleep at the wheel down in Florida. That’s a fair statement, as the past cannot always determine present events.
As in all situations like this one, law enforcement is simply doing its due diligence. It doesn’t mean Woods did anything wrong, but it also doesn’t mean that he didn’t. Time will tell, and we’ll have our answers.
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