TMZ.com reports early Monday morning that the Florida Highway patrol is seeking the medical records of Tiger Woods from the hospital where he received treatment immediately after his Thursday night crash. The FHP reportedly wants to determine if Woods’ injuries are consistent with a car accident. If they are not, TMZ reports Woods’ wife Elin Nordegren could potentially be charged with domestic abuse.
(TMZ: No golf court in crash scene photos. WFTV pic reveal golf cart)
TMZ reports that Nordegren’s supposed contradictory statement about a golf cart she used that night during the incident could provide the evidence the FHP needs to obtain a warrant. The website notes that in its crash scene photos, there’s no golf cart present: “TMZ has reviewed 21 photos from the scene — no sign of any golf cart.”But in a WFTV.com crash scene photo (above), there is a golf cart.
TMZ called the lack of a golf cart at the scene, “One big piece of evidence showing probable cause” and cited the evidence first in what “sources” told the website shows probable cause - which would be needed to obtain a search warrant.TMZ only cites “sources” in the warrant-golf cart story. In the past, TMZ has cited “law enforcement sources”.
It remains to be seen if TMZ’s report about the FHP requesting a search warrant is true. If it is, the FHP might want to log onto WFTV.com.
UPDATE (6:51am PT): After my post, TMZ.com has since added the same photo I cited above and inserted this sentence: “TMZ has reviewed 21 photos from the scene — no sign of any golf cart. But we just found another photo from the scene, where you can see a golf cart in the foreground.”
There’s one other piece of supposed evidence mentioned by the site that reportedly could show probable cause in obtaining a warrant.TMZ:
although alcohol was not involved, Tiger was in and out of consciousness and TMZ has already reported Tiger told a friend he was taking prescription meds for pain, which could be evidence of DUI. This, too, could constitute probable cause to obtain a warrant.
If the FHP is indeed seeking a warrant, Woods’ refusal to meet with officers is obviously the reason. Without being able to see Woods’ injuries, the FHP cannot confirm that he suffered them from the car accident.That said, one wonders if the FHP would be so reportedly zealous in obtaining a warrant and trying to implicate Nordegren if Woods had cooperated fully. His lack of participation in the investigation, which is highly embarrassing to the FHP, may be fueling the agency’s more aggressive posture.