Charges dropped against golfer Scottie Scheffler after PGA arrest

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Charges against PGA golfer Scottie Scheffler were dropped on Wednesday, May 29.

ESPN reports that Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell stated during a hearing — which Scheffler, 27, did not attend — that prosecutors would not move forward with the case against the athlete. He was charged with charges including assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disobeying traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

On May 17, Louisville Metro Police arrested Scheffler as he attempted to evade a traffic stop and gain entry to Valhalla Golf Club for Round 2 of the PGA Championship.

Traffic outside the golf course was halted after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a shuttle bus that morning.

According to a police report, Detective Bryan Gillis Scheffler “stopped” and “attempted to give instructions,” noting that the golfer “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging Detective Gillis to the ground.”

We weekly confirmed that Scheffler was in police custody following the fatal crash that led to his arrest.

“This morning at approximately 5:07 am, a pedestrian was fatally struck by a shuttle bus in front of Gate 2 of the Valhalla Golf Club. LMPD extends its sincere condolences to the family of the person who died as a result of that collision. All lanes at the scene were closed while the investigation into the fatal crash took place,” the Louisville Metro Police Department said in a statement. Us.

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They continued: “LMPD personnel also directed traffic around the scene. While an officer was directing traffic, an encounter with a motorist attempting to enter a restricted area ultimately led to the driver’s arrest. We are conducting a thorough investigation. We appreciate the full cooperation of all parties involved.”

Major Jason Logsdon of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections said ESPN that Scheffler was released without bail. He arrived in Valhalla less than an hour before his scheduled start time.

After his arrest, Scheffler released a statement via X.

“This morning I acted as directed by police officers,” he wrote at the time. “It was a very chaotic situation, understandably given the tragic accident that had previously occurred, and there was a major misunderstanding about what I thought I was being asked to do. It was never my intention to ignore the instructions. I am hopeful that I can put this aside and focus on golf today.”

He continued: “Of course, all of us involved in the tournament extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died in the earlier accident this morning. It really puts everything into perspective.”

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