Tiger Slapped With Minor Fine in Car Crash

Florida police won't pursue criminal charges

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 2:54 PM EDT
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Florida Highway Patrol officials are getting off Tiger Woods' case.

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Tiger Woods is off the hook, at least with Florida cops.

The golf superstar faces a $164 ticket and four points on his driving record as a result of the wee-hours driving misadventure outside his Florida mansion Friday.

"Mr. Woods' status in no way impacted our investigation or its conclusion," Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said at a press conference Tuesday.

He was cited for careless driving, a moving violation. Authorities said he provided his license, registration and proof of insurance.

"We are not pursuing criminal charges in this matter," Montes said, adding that there is insufficient evidence to issue a subpoena for any medical evidence in the case.

Woods was also cleared by the "other woman" he was reportedly having an extramarital affair with. Following the early morning accident, in which Woods struck a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree, there was widespread speculation that the incident had been precipitated by a fight with his wife over reports of his infidelity.

But the gorgeous nightclub hostess accused of bedding Woods blasted the story as "ridiculous" and said she's only met the golf star briefly at a bar and later when she sat his party at a table in the trendy Manhattan joint where she worked.

“It’s horrible to Tiger's family," Rachel Uchitel told the New York Post. "His wife must feel horrible. The worst part of it, it's not true.”

In Woods' only statement, he called the “embarrassing” crash his fault. “I’m human and not perfect,” he wrote on his website. He and his wife, Elin Nordegren, have refused to meet with cops in the aftermath of the accident  to address apparent inconsistencies in their story.

Uchitel said she has only met Woods twice. Their first encounter was “for two seconds at a bar through a mutual friend,” she told the Post. “He was shy and quiet and sitting with someone else.” Her next meeting with Woods was in her capacity as a A-list hostess for The Griffin, a swanky club in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District last summer, she said.

“As usual in my job, I got a call from a promoter that he's coming in,” she told the Post. “I went outside and brought him and his entire group in, walked them upstairs, introduced him to his waitress.

"I may have asked him if he needed anything. I hung out at the door to make sure they were OK, and when they were ready to leave, I walked them downstairs to the car. That's my job. Then I heard rumors I was making out with him at Griffin, that I had brought him in to Griffin.”

"I don't want people to think I am having an affair with Tiger Woods, or that I am trying to leak some story that I'm having an affair with Tiger Woods,” she said.

Also yesterday, Woods' neighbors said the superstar did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion.

Woods' injuries were "consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up," said Bill Sharpe, an attorney  representing one set of neighbors. "The scratches on his face were consistent with someone who maybe was in a minor car accident and hit his head on the windshield. ... None of his injuries looked like he was beat up by his wife."

Sharpe said neighbor Linda Adams and her two adult sons went outside their home in the exclusive gated community of Isleworth after hearing the crash and Nordegren asked them to call 911.

He said the neighbors found Nordegren kneeling beside her husband, upset about his injuries. Sharpe said Woods appeared woozy and had scratches on his face and that his wife was trying to console him. The Adams wrapped Woods in a blanket and made sure he didn't move.

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