Henry Pierson Curtisand Susan Jacobson of the Orlando Sentinel have reported that two of the responding officers in Tiger Woods’ Thanksgiving accident were on the golfer’s payroll as bodyguards.
One of the two officers, Timothy N. Cash, was the second officer to arrive on scene. He reportedly left his own routine beat to arrive at the site in a timely fashion.
The report states that:
“…two of those officers are bodyguards whom Woods trusted with the safety of his wife, Elin Nordegren, and their two children…Part-time Officer Timothy N. Cash, who regularly guards Woods’ family. He resigned from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office while facing termination for two incidents, including getting drunk and dragging an ex-girlfriend by her hair out of Rachel’s, an adult-entertainment club in south Orlando, records show.
Cash, who operates a private security business, accompanied Nordegren on a January outing in Windermere, photos show. According to published photographs and video, he also guarded the children at a SeaWorld Orlando show and accompanied Nordegren in Miami in April.
Windermere policy prohibits its full-time police officers from working off-duty security details and “all other jobs that require law enforcement expertise,” but Saylor said he does not have the authority to curtail Cash’s work because he’s a part-time employee”
Since the incident, Cash has continued to maintain his role as a bodyguard for the family.
There have been a lot of questions regarding Woods’ Thanksgiving day car accident. Many wondered why Woods was not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance upon police arrival. Particularly considering that his wife, Elin, provided police with two pill bottles containing Ambien and Vicodin after they arrived.
Further, a witness reportedly told the Florida Highway Patrol that Woods was intoxicated the night of the accident. Later that night, FHP officers were denied a request to give Woods a blood test.
The fact that the police on the scene happened to privately work for Woods’, makes the entire ordeal much more questionable.
While the piece presents many details regarding the night of the accident, it does little in clearing up the questions that remain in the air.
The article in its entirely can be found in Tuesday’s issue of the Orlando Sentinel.