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Cops Pursue Warrant

in Woods Case

11/30/2009 2:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources tell TMZ the Florida Highway Patrol is now focusing on obtaining a search warrant -- allowing them to seize medical records from the hospital that treated Tiger Woods -- in an attempt to determine if the wounds Woods sustained are consistent with a car accident or domestic violence.

Tiger Woods

We're told authorities believe they can show probable cause a crime was committed, a necessary step in obtaining a warrant.

One big piece of evidence showing probable cause ... sources tell us Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren told FHP troopers she went looking for Tiger in a golf cart, came upon the accident and then used a golf club to break the window to gain entry. That's a very different story from what she first told Windemere cops shortly after the accident -- she never mentioned a golf cart. Nordegren told Windemere police she had walked out of her house, saw the crash, went back inside to get a golf club and returned to the vehicle.

TMZ has reviewed 21 photos from the scene -- no sign of any golf cart. But we just found another photo (below) from the scene, where you can see a golf cart in the foreground.

Tiger Woods golf cart

Tiger Woods Car Crash PicsAnd there's more ... although alcohol was not involved, Tiger was in and out of consciousness and TMZ has already reported Tiger told a friend he was taking prescription meds for pain, which could be evidence of DUI. This, too, could constitute probable cause to obtain a warrant.

We're told the FHP is pursuing the search warrant option after getting shut down again Sunday in an attempt to interview Tiger and Elin and eyeball Tiger's wounds.

As we first reported, according to sources, Tiger told a friend Elin had attacked him after she confronted him with reported allegations he had cheated on her. We're told Tiger told the friend Elin then followed him out of the house and struck the moving vehicle with the golf club, causing him to get distracted and hit the hydrant.

If the FHP determines Elin attacked Tiger, we're told she could be arrested for domestic violence.

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61.

dave    

C'mon TMC: a) the only two people that know what really happened is Tiger and his wife; b) "if" he told a "close" friend, that friend would NOT be contacting you guys. Period. Yes I believe they had a fight. Yes I believe he took off. Yes I believe she was pissed and hit his windshield with the golf club. But at this point let's just say it's TMZ's speculation, and not try to "source" a "friend" of TW. Next time.

1698 days ago
62.

Michael    

Well alright - can't wait to see what surfaces from the GOLDEN BOY. Nobody is perfect! I will sure watch TMZ to see what juicy tidbits come out this comming week.

1698 days ago
63.

Bob    

BORING. This story is a big nothing. It's a friggin' car accident for God's sakes. Make him fix the hydrant and pay for repairs to the tree. but this is not the Boston Stranger here. This is a minor car accident.

Why is TMZ trying to crucify this guy? No wonder people hate the press.

1698 days ago
64.

George William Gockel    

For the last couple days I keep hearing about Tiger Woods was seriously in a one car crash. The police will find out who the suspect is in this case about Tiger Woods.

1698 days ago
65.

HumanNature    

Hey TMZ

Stop hiding behind that friend of Tiger Woods!

The only friend that Tiger is talking to is his LAWYER AND THEY AREN'T SAYING JACK!!!!

GET BACK FINDING OUT WHEN DR. MURRAY IS GOING TO BE ARRESTED FOR THE MURDER OF THE "KING OF POP", MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON!!!!

SLOPPY GOSSIP REPORTING!!!!

1698 days ago
66.

PolarBear    

What an amazingly odd coming together of two entirely different worlds: that of the sleazy, education-less, mindless anxiety of the judea-media cult, and the dignity, relevance, composure and universal appeal of the golf world.

1698 days ago
67.

sickofittoo    

TMZ IS SO NOT THE " PRESS"
THEY ARE SMUT.
A GLORIFIED GOSSIP BLOG.SUCH A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY AREN'T THEY ?
THE PRESS CONSISTS OF CREDIBLE JOURNALISTS ,TMZ IS A POOR MAN'S RONA BARRETT.
IT'S AMAZING TO ME THAT NO ONE HAS TAKEN A HIT ON HARVEY OR MARIO/PEREZ HILTON AND THE TMZ OFFICES.
I AM AMAZED THAT THESE TWO BLOWHARDS CAN STILL WALK AROUND WITHOUT SECURITY OR BULLET PROOF VESTS.
NICOLE RITCHIE GOT A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST TWO PAP SMEARS , WHY DON'T THE REST OF THE CELEBS AND ATHLETES FOLLOW SUIT AND FILE RESTRAINING ORDERS AGAINST THE PAP SMEARS BECAUSE THE PAP SMEARS ENDANGER THEIR LIVES BY JUMPING IN FRONT OF THEIR CARS , ETC.?
IF ENOUGH PEOPLE FOLLOW SUIT , THESE LOWLIFES CAN ONLY GET PICTURES FROM 50 TO 100 FEET AWAY AND ALLOW THESE PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR PERSONAL SPACE.
THE SENSATIONALISM WOULD RUN THIN IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN.

1698 days ago
68.

Mike    

From the pictures, there is no damage to the driver side door. Why exactly would one need to smash a rear window to get to the driver when you could just open their door?

Not a great alibi.

1698 days ago
69.

HumanNature    

Who's the FRIEND, TMZ!!!!

THERE'S NONE!!!

GOSSIP!GOSSIP!GOSSIP!GOSSIP!GOSSIP!GOSSIP!

SPECUALTION!SPECULATION!SPECULATION!SPECULATION!

TMZ as ususal blowing things out of porportion!!!!

1698 days ago
70.

opi    

I'm SO GLAD the cops are going to get a warrant. To hell with this arrogant PUNK with so much to cover up. Thanks to TMZ for staying on top of this classic case of Celebrity Just Us!

1698 days ago
71.

pharlap    

Why would she get a golf cart instead of an extra set of keys to open the doors? Mind you, it was what around 2am?

This reminds me of the movie, War of the Roses.

1698 days ago
72.

Orkaambe Orkaambe    

#23 - your argument is laughable. the dude's mom was in aussie and so the dude could not hook up with some chick. how funny can you be. clinton had the secret service monitoring him yet he cheated on his wife right there in the white house. that tiger's mom was in aussie is no guarantee that the dude wasn't hooking up with another bimbo. he's being foolish protecting his wife in that were the situation to be reversed, his wife will probably hang him up to dry. she will get a divorce and take him to the cleaners sooner than later.

1698 days ago
73.

JM in San Diego    

Every penny that man has, he owes to the public. If putting the ball in the little hole is so damned important, give me ten bucks and I'll spill a wheelbarrow full of them into the little hole!

But that's not it. He's rich and famous because he's convinced people that he's worth watching as HE puts the ball in the little hole.

I can't believe it! For his own selfish reasons, he's spitting in our faces. **** him if he doesn't come clean soon! (... and as to profanity, Tiger Woods is among the more foul-mouthed of golfers -- never an endearing quality when there are kids in the gallery,)

JM

1698 days ago
74.

scott    

Tiger Woods should stop thinking about doing a, " Kobe " and do a, "Letterman " and learn how to get out in front of a bad situation. Only an idiot has not put the pieces together. His wife busted him for screwing around. Fess up, beg for forgiveness, do Letterman, then go and cry on Oprahs couch and all will be forgiven

1698 days ago
75.

MNguy    

There is indeed a golf cart pictured in the original night photos of the accident scene, check out--the first picture:
http://www.wftv.com/slideshow/news/21746121/detail.html

1698 days ago
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