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Tiger Woods 'snoring' after car crash, says neighbour

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A neighbour of Tiger Woods has said he found the golf star lying in the street "snoring" after a car crash last week.

Woods's wife, Elin Nordegren, was with the golfer and there was "definitely" no sign he had been drinking, Jarius Adams told Florida police.

The golfer was found bleeding and semi-conscious after his car hit a tree and fire hydrant outside his home.

The statements were made in recorded interviews released by police and broadcast by CNN.

Mr Adams told police Woods had been lying on the ground on the passenger side of the car when he reached him after the crash on 27 November.

The police officer asked if Woods had been conscious and Mr Adams replied: "At that point, he was snoring."

[Elin Nordegren] was actually very quiet, kind of in shock, just sitting there. She wasn't very verbal
Jarius Adams

Mr Adams said Woods had cut his lip but was not bleeding much and did not appear to be badly injured.

"I was holding him still at one point and I didn't get any blood on me whatsoever," he added.

When asked by police if he had been close enough to detect any smell of alcohol on Woods, Mr Adams said he had been but he had not smelt anything.

"No alcohol, no any other kind of drug whatsoever," he said. "None. Zero."

Golf clubs

Elin Nordegren was with her husband and asked for help, Mr Adams said.

Tiger Woods car (Florida Highway Patrol)
The car hit a fire hydrant outside Woods' family home in Florida

"At this point she was actually very quiet, kind of in shock, just sitting there. She wasn't very verbal."

CNN reported that Mr Adams's sister, Kimberly Harris, had been woken by a "faint, continuous knocking sound for about 10 or 15 minutes".

She asked her brother to investigate and then called the police.

Ms Harris told police she had seen two golf clubs lying in a golf cart nearby but could not recall seeing any windows broken on the car and that neither Woods nor Mrs Nordegren had mentioned a broken window.

Mrs Nordegren had reportedly told police she used a golf club to break the back window of the car to rescue Woods.

Woods has been charged with careless driving, a charge which carries a $164 (£98) fine and four points on his driving record.

He has apologised to his family and supporters for his "transgressions" following continuing media reports about his private life.

"I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves," he said in a statement.

The 14-time major champion has been married for five years and the couple have two young children.

Woods, who won his first major in 1997 at the age of 21, has been fiercely protective of his personal life and his clean-cut image has helped him amass a fortune through product endorsements and appearance fees, correspondents say.



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