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New book offers more evidence that Tiger Woods' life is nothing like yours

May 4, 2010 |  1:03 pm

Tiger-tired Tiger Woods was clearly impaired the night he crashed his SUV into a tree, as far as officers and paramedics on the scene were concerned, but his celebrity status seems to have protected him from a DUI charge -- that's according to an excerpt from "Tiger: The Real Story," a new book from author Steve Helling.

Elin Nordegren told an officer in the wee hours on Nov. 27, 2009, that Woods had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening, Helling writes, and she brought paramedics the golfer's Ambien and Vicodin to take with them to the hospital after they asked if he was taking any medication.

Police thought they had enough evidence to subpoena the golfer's blood from the hospital, the book says, calling it a "routine process." But apparently not everyone agreed.

[O]fficers were stunned to learn that the State Attorney was unwilling to subpoena the blood-test results. Although a spokeswoman for the office says that Woods’ celebrity status played no part in the decision, officers say that Woods’ fame -- along with his high-powered legal team -- protected him from being charged with a DUI.

Tiger was ultimately issued a citation for careless driving and was hit with a $164 fine. Oh, yeah, then his whole life blew up.

We're sure there must have been another explanation for Tiger's little nap on the street next to his crashed Cadillac Escalade. Seriously -- who hasn't been found snoring on the pavement like that?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. Just for fun ... a poll.

Photo: Wake up, Tiger! You're in the middle of a news conference! Credit: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press. 

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