Feb 23, 2021
LA County sheriff: 'No evidence of impairment' from Tiger Woods crash
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Woods, 45, was involved in a single-car accident on Tuesday morning after he hit the median, crossed multiple lanes of traffic, before hitting the curb, a tree, and ultimately flipping the vehicle multiple times, according to county Sheriff Alex Villanueva.Fire authorities had to extricate Woods from the vehicle. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was the first on-scene.
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"No evidence of impairment at this point in time," Villanueva said during a Tuesday evening press conference. "The first contact was with the center median, and from there, then crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there were several rollovers during that process."
Daryl Osby, the fire chief, told reporters that Woods was unable to stand on his own and was taken from the vehicle on a backboard for “spinal precautions.” He noted that Woods was not airlifted to the UCLA hospital where he was taken for surgery.
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Woods was supposed to be spending Monday and Tuesday filming with GOLFTV and was on his way to meet up with NFL quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Drew Brees, according to ESPN.
"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries," his manager Mark Steinberg said. "He is currently in surgery, and we thank you for your privacy and support."
Gonzalez also noted that the stretch of highway is dangerous and fatal accidents have happened in that location previously.News Tiger Woods Cars Golf
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Northern California corrections officer suspected of selling meth, opioids to inmates
Humboldt County corrections deputy Ricardo Tranquilino Aguirre, 27, was arrested on Tuesday for smuggling drugs into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Aguirre was taken into custody inside the correctional facility for “being in possession of a controlled substance while armed, smuggling contraband into a jail, possession of a controlled substance for sales and transportation/sale of a controlled substance,” according to the sheriff’s office.Ricardo Tranquilino Aguirre (Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office — Contributed)
Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said an investigation was launched into Aguirre after a witness provided the sheriff’s office “with information regarding Aguirre’s activities.” Since his arrest, the sheriff’s office has uncovered evidence suggesting Aguirre has been smuggling drugs into the facility for months.
“Evidence points to him smuggling methamphetamine and opioids into the correctional facility,” Honsal told the Times-Standard on Thursday.
When asked if Aguirre had a personal relationship with the inmates involved, Honsal said the investigation is ongoing.
“(Aguirre) was the lone correctional deputy that was providing contraband to inmates,” Honsal said, confirming more than one inmate was involved. “Aguirre had assistance from persons outside the jail that was facilitating the transactions.”
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Aguirre resigned on Wednesday after serving only a year and a half as a correctional deputy.
“Correctional Deputies are hired to protect and serve those that are in the care and custody of the Correctional Facility,” Honsal said in a prepared statement. “As members of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards of conduct. Ricardo Aguirre’s criminal and disgraceful conduct is the antithesis of the professional standards, ethics and organizational values of the Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Aguirre’s actions do not represent the principles that are the foundation of our organization. He will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law and I will be working with the District Attorney to ensure this case is fully prosecuted.”
Honsal told the Times-Standard the sheriff’s office will “continue to work on training and supervision” to prevent similar incidents.
“No matter what line of work, employees can put themselves in compromising positions that break policy or the law. I am here to firmly state that if one of the sheriff’s office employees breaks the law, they will be held accountable,” Honsal said.
A similar incident occurred in 2009 when correctional officer Benjamin Jentry-Rakestraw was arrested for attempting to bring heroin, tobacco and other contraband into the Humboldt County jail, according to a Jul. 6, 2009 report from the Times-Standard.
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Reached by email on Thursday afternoon, District Attorney Maggie Fleming said her office had “not yet received the reports regarding the investigation” and could not comment on the case.