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Tiger Woods arrested in Jupiter on DUI charge

Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday in Jupiter and charged with DUI, spending nearly four hours in the Palm Beach County jail.

Jupiter police stopped the 41-year-old Woods, whose first name is Eldrick, around 3 a.m. Monday as he drove south on Military Trail, south of Indian Creek Parkway.

He was booked about 7:18 a.m. and released on his own recognizance about 10:50 a.m., according to jail records.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in a statement Monday evening reported by the Palm Beach Post. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans and said, “I expect more from myself, too.”

“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” he said.

Woods recently had back surgery.

Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said she didn’t have information about whether Woods’ arrest involved alcohol or drugs. An arrest report may be available Tuesday, she said.

Woods wrote on Wednesday in a blog post that he is currently recovering from fusion surgery on his back and hasn’t felt “this good in years.”

This isn’t the first time that Woods has had a public incident.

In November 2009, Woods crashed his SUV into a tree and fire hydrant outside his Windermere home, outside of Orlando. The accident led to revelations of numerous extramarital affairs. He lost major sponsorship endorsements, spent time in a clinic, took a leave from golf until the 2010 Masters and ultimtely got divorced from his then-wife, Elin Nordegren.

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