The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has executed a search warrant to obtain data from the so-called “black box” of the SUV that Tiger Woods was driving when it crashed last week, according to multiple reports.
To obtain a court order, probable cause for a crime involved must be determined, even if it is only a misdemeanor. The deputy sheriff’s deputy routinely downplayed the warrant for USA Today Sports on Tuesday, saying he considered it due diligence.
“We are trying to determine if a crime was committed,” said Deputy Sheriff John Schloegl. “If someone is involved in a traffic collision, we have to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was reckless driving, if someone was on their cell phone or something like that. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close the case. , and it was a regular traffic collision. “
The black box data can show the speed, steering angle, acceleration, and braking activity of a vehicle.
“As for getting a warrant or unloading the car, we do it automatically,” Schloegl told USA Today Sports. “We want answers, so that’s the route we take.”
Schloegl also said there was “no probable cause” for obtaining an order to obtain Woods’ blood, which would help determine whether he was under the influence of drugs.
He said Camp Woods has cooperated.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last week that the accident was “purely an accident” and that his department would not press charges against Woods related to the February 23 car accident near the Rolling Hills Estates border. and Rancho Palos Verdes. about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Villanueva said the department considers it an accident, which could lead to a maximum misdemeanor.
“The sheriff spoke about the information known at the time and said it appeared to be a traffic accident,” the sheriff’s department said Tuesday in a statement to USA Today Sports. “However, the traffic collision investigation is ongoing and the traffic investigators have not reached any conclusions about the cause of the collision.”
Woods, 45, is recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was transferred from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center “to continue orthopedic care and recovery,” according to Dr. Anish Mahajan.