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More details in Woods crash

ORLANDO — While she waited for an ambulance to take her unconscious husband to a hospital in the early hours after Thanksgiving, Tiger Woods' wife went into their Isleworth home, got two bottles of pain pills and said he had taken some earlier.

Elin Woods also tried to ride in the ambulance to the hospital with her husband, but the crew wouldn't let her, saying this was a case of domestic violence, though officials later were confused because they uncovered no evidence to support that.

Those are among new revelations contained in investigative records released Friday by the Florida Highway Patrol after a public records request by the Orlando Sentinel.

Woods was hurt in a Nov. 27 crash when he drove away from his mansion about 2:30 a.m., bounced off two curbs, ran through shrubs, hit a fire hydrant and crashed into a neighbor's tree. The FHP ticketed him for careless driving. He paid a $164 ticket.

Friday's records were peppered with new details:

• Troopers began searching for evidence that Woods was drunk or under the influence of drugs the day of the accident. Elin Woods told troopers at the scene her husband hadn't been drinking but had taken medication. She didn't say when. She retrieved two small bottles of Vicodin for the ambulance crew.

In the afternoon troopers tried to get medical records from Woods' hospital, HealthCentral in Ocoee, but were told to return Monday. They returned and were told they needed a warrant. The Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office said there was insufficient evidence to request one.

• Officers looked for evidence of domestic violence but found none.

• Elin Woods told officers she heard the accident, jumped onto a golf cart and went looking for wreckage. She broke out the rear windows with a golf club, she told Windermere officers, helped her shoeless husband from the SUV, him leaning against her, and he collapsed onto the pavement. Officers found the club near the driver's door.

• Officers calculated Woods' speed at 29 to 37 mph.

• Troopers asked Woods' attorney for video of the crash, which should have been captured by at least two of his four home-security cameras. Woods' lawyer, Mark NeJame, told troopers he would provide them with video, but after saying he had problems figuring out how to operate the system, apparently never did.

NeJame would not answer questions from the Orlando Sentinel on Friday. Messages left by the Associated Press with the hospital's ambulance service and the FHP were not returned.

WGC: Els masters weather for lead

DORAL — Ernie Els was in the lead and off the course. He wasn't sure which made him feel better.

Rushing to finish as dark clouds gathered over the Blue Monster, Els made one last birdie for 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby (67) before heavy rain temporarily halted play in the CA Championship.

Eighteen players had to wait nearly three hours before they could resume the second round of the World Golf Championship event. When it finally ended, Els had his first lead after any round on U.S. soil since he won the Honda Classic two years ago.

"We were pretty lucky to get done," he said. "We ran the last two holes just to get in the house."

He was at 10-under 134, courtesy of three straight birdies early in his round and how he held it together when the wind and weather changed quickly and dramatically. First-round leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa had 70 and was at 7-under 137, along with Bill Haas (66).

PGA: Skip Kendall topped the Puerto Rico Open leaderboard at 5 under after nine holes when first-round play was suspended because of darkness in the rain-delayed event in Rio Grande. Downpours also forced the suspension of first-round play Thursday.

More details in Woods crash 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 10:54pm]
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