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Prosecutors aren't going to take PGA star Scottie Scheffler to court

Geoff Weiss   

Prosecutors aren't going to take PGA star Scottie Scheffler to court
  • Kentucky prosecutors dropped charges against the golf star Scottie Scheffler.
  • Scheffler was arrested earlier this month just outside the PGA Championship.

Kentucky prosecutors dropped all charges against Scottie Scheffler, a top golfer, after he was arrested earlier this month while trying to get to the PGA Championship.

Police alleged that Scheffler drove past an officer who was directing traffic outside the PGA Championship before the second round began, dragging the officer.

Scheffler was arrested and faced four charges, including assaulting a police officer. At the time, Scheffler said he never intended to disregard the officer's instructions and called it "a big misunderstanding."

The police's version of the events didn't appear to line up with videos that showed the incident. The police officer involved didn't have his body camera turned on; he was later disciplined.

In court Wednesday, the Jefferson County attorney, Mike O'Connell, asked a judge to drop all four charges, The Associated Press reported: assault of a police officer, criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals.

"Based upon the totality of the evidence, my office cannot move forward in the prosecution of the charges filed against Mr. Scheffler," O'Connell said, according to the AP. "Mr. Scheffler's characterization that this was 'a big misunderstanding' is corroborated by the evidence."

The judge accepted the motion and dismissed the charges.

"I hold no ill will toward Officer Gillis," Scheffler wrote Wednesday in an Instagram post about the officer involved in his arrest. "I wish to put this incident behind me and move on, and I hope he will do the same."

Scheffler also thanked his supporters and said police have a "difficult job and I hold them in high regard."

"This was a severe miscommunication in a chaotic situation," he wrote.

The Jefferson County attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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