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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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91.

jp    

From all of the pictures that I have seen, looks like the crash was head on. Why couldn't the driver or passenger doors be open to get him out?
Betcha Tiger's wife took a swing and broke the rear window as he was trying to drive away and THAT'S what cause him to crash.

1705 days ago
92.

ED    

Why is the FHP involved in a local neighborhood matter?

1705 days ago
93.

Kris    

If Elin has a green card or is waiting on her green card, she could be deported if it turns out she went after him (domestic violence). Surprised no one has thought of this yet. Is she a US citizan or does she have a green card / in the process of a green card? He may be protecting her from that.

1705 days ago
94.

Don    

Tiger, why not go after a woman who is better looking than your wife. You were going after hamburger when the steak was at home.

1705 days ago
95.

Ladybug    

Sooooo What, so what if he had a fight with his wife, what husband and wife don't fight, Im still trying to figure out what he did wrong, he hit a car on his own property, nobody was hurt, nobodies property was damaged. FHP does not have anything better to do then to investigate why Tiger hit a tree. Give me a break, This is waaaay to blown out of proportion.

1704 days ago
96.

Andrea    

He had a fight with his wife.....looks like his cheating on her..

1704 days ago
97.

Barbara Ruckes    

Stop it!Stop it! The man has made the same mistake that other men and women have made! It's between him and his wife! Not your business!!!

1704 days ago
98.

SweetMelissa    

Oh well another celebrity getting a pass. Whats new?? Im suprised the so called "State Troopers" didn't ask for his autogragh.

1703 days ago
99.

Len    

It is time to move on. Has the press not beat this horse to death.
More important news is going on in the world. Give it a rest>

1699 days ago
100.

J B    

NO free rides fry the PIG.........

1697 days ago
101.

Tammie    

OMG THIS IS CRAZY! HE DESERVE THE ASS BEATING FROM ELIN.
MAN UP AND COME CLEAN

1696 days ago
102.

online sports    

Tiger Woods has been dropped by Gatorade, Tag Heuer and AT&T. Next stop Nike? Online sports bloggers on www.dozensports.com are still supporting Tiger. Some say his new motto should be 'Just do me'. The only thing that can save him now is a tearful appearance on Oprah.

1648 days ago
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