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Scottie Scheffler is involved in a police case. Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 19.05.2024 10:09:35

Sport: Scheffler has always called the police case he is involved in a big misunderstanding. On the night of Sunday, the golf star’s lawyer Steve Romines made a statement.

– We do not intend to plead guilty, he said.

Scheffler was arrested Friday morning local time as he was on his way to Valhalla Golf Club to play the second round of the PGA Championship. On the way he had to pass a police roadblock, where a man had lost his life after being hit by a bus.

Scheffler attempted to drive onto the pavement and around the barriers when he was stopped by a police officer. Instead of stopping, according to the police, he stepped on the gas pedal, causing an official who was in contact with the car to run over.

The second round of the PGA Championship ended up being postponed.

Surrounded by fans wearing “Free Scottie” T-shirts, Scheffler finished the third round five shots under par Saturday. He shares fourth place in the prestigious major tournament before the end.

According to the police, police officer Bryan Gillis suffered injuries which led to him having to be hospitalized in the incident with Scheffler. He received treatment for injuries to his knees and wrists.

According to lawyer Romines, Scheffler followed the police’s instructions at the roadblock. He did not attack any official, a statement said.

– He behaved as he was told by another traffic officer, and he drove a car that was clearly marked as a player’s car. Several witnesses have confirmed that he did nothing wrong, and that he did exactly as he was told, says Romines.

A spokesman for the local prosecutor’s office tells television station WDRB that they are “continuing to gather information in Mr. Scheffler’s case.”

The penal section that Scheffler is accused of having violated carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison.

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