Police to charge Tiger Woods with careless driving, golfer faces fine of $164

The Florida Highway Patrol says it will issue Tiger Woods a careless driving citation for a car crash outside the star golfer’s Orlando-area mansion last week. Maj. Cindy Williams said Tuesday that will close the investigation and no criminal charges are being pursued. Woods faces a $164 fine.

A banner of Tiger Woods is shown near the 18th hole during a pro-am round at the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks

A banner of Tiger Woods is shown near the 18th hole during a pro-am round at the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol says it will issue Tiger Woods a careless driving citation for a car crash outside the star golfer’s Orlando-area mansion last week.

Maj. Cindy Williams said Tuesday that will close the investigation and no criminal charges are being pursued. Woods faces a $164 fine.

According to a patrol accident report, Woods crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree at 2:25 a.m. Friday. The airbags did not deploy and Woods’ wife told Windermere police she used a golf club to smash the back windows to help him out.

Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from the crash.

The crash came two days after The National Enquirer published a story alleging that Woods had been seeing a New York nightclub hostess. The woman denies having an affair with Woods.