Police obtained a search warrant to retrieve the “black box” from the SUV that Tiger Woods was driving when he lost control and wrecked. That is because a judge reportedly believed there was probable cause to suspect a crime may have been committed.
Law enforcement said the possible offense committed by Woods is misdemeanor reckless driving, TMZ reported.
“Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the search warrant prepared by the Sheriff’s Dept. outlined details of the crash that left Tiger badly injured. Some of the items go to the heart of the warrant — establishing probable cause — the fact there were no skid marks, the objects struck by the SUV before it came to rest, the fact it was a single-vehicle crash, Tiger’s horrendous injuries as well as damage to the vehicle and apparent excessive speed.
Our sources say the words “reckless driving” are not mentioned in the warrant. In fact, our sources say no specific crime is listed in the warrant. Nevertheless, a judge is prohibited from signing a search warrant unless there’s probable cause of a crime. That’s the essence of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.
Our law enforcement sources say one of 2 things occurred … either a member of the Sheriff’s Dept. went into the judge’s chambers to discuss the warrant — something that is frequently done — and mentioned reckless driving, or the judge simply looked at the documents and determined there was probable cause of possible reckless driving. Nevertheless, our law enforcement sources say examining the black box for possible reckless driving was the object of the search warrant.”
Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl also has said investigators are trying to determine if a crime had been committed.
“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 cellphone or something like that. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision,” he told USA Today.
Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 when his vehicle went across the median, flew off road and struck a tree.
He was reportedly running late to meet up with Drew Brees and Justin Herbert for lessons and a photoshoot.