The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s division executed a search warrant to analyze the black field from the car Tiger Woods crashed final week.
Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl confirmed to USA Today on Tuesday that the division sought knowledge from the car to find out if felony fees had been obligatory. He characterised the warrant as due diligence, in accordance with the report.
“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Schloegl stated, per USA Today. “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.”
Schloegl’s assertion contradicts Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who declared last week that the single-car rollover was “purely an accident.”
Villanueva last week: ‘This is nothing like’ reckless driving
Villanueva told reporters on Wednesday that officials would investigate the black box to determine cause, but ruled out charges of reckless driving or otherwise.
“No,” Villanueva said when requested if Woods might face a reckless driving cost. “A reckless driving cost has a whole lot of components into it. This is solely an accident.”
Villanueva then explained that investigators would seek to determine if a driving infraction was warranted.
“Reckless driving is definitely greater than an infraction,” Villanueva continued. “That’s a misdemeanor crime that has a whole lot of components hooked up to it. This is nothing like that.”
Officials address contradicting statements
Villanueva made that statement a day after the crash and prior to the completion of the investigation, which is still ongoing. The Sheriff’s department issued the following statement to USA Today to address the conflicting information provided by Villanueva and Schloegl:
“The Sheriff spoke about the information known at that time, and said it appeared to be a traffic accident,” the statement reads, per USA Today. “However, the traffic collision investigation is (on)going and traffic investigators have not made any conclusions as to the cause of the collision.”
Deputy: ‘No probable cause’ to obtain blood sample
The Sheriff’s Department continues to rule out intoxication playing a role in the crash. Villanueva said on the day of the accident that there “was no evidence of impairment” on the scene.
Schloegl told USA Today that law enforcement did not seek a warrant to examine blood that might have been collected from Woods at the hospital. He said that Woods had been cooperative and that there was “no possible” trigger for a warrant.
Latest on Woods’ situation
Woods underwent emergency surgical procedure to repair multiple fractures of his proper leg and a shattered proper ankle. The accident happened on a winding stretch of street south of Los Angeles known as a hot spot for accidents. Woods was driving downhill when his car hit a median and rolled earlier than coming to a cease in a gully.
There have been no updates on Woods’ situation since he tweeted his thanks on Sunday after fellow PGA Tour golfers honored him by carrying his trademark purple shirt and black pants on the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship.
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