Charges against Scottie Scheffler dropped after arrest outside PGA Championship

Prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Scottie Scheffler on Wednesdayless than two weeks after the best golfer in the world was arrested outside PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Mike O’Connell told a judge that his office could not move forward with charges based on the evidence in the case.

Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and ignoring signals from officers directing traffic when he was arrested outside Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club, which was hosting the tournament.

Scheffler’s lawyer had denied that the golfer had assaulted anyone. Scheffler called the incident a “very chaotic situation” and a “major misunderstanding” in a statement and said he “never intended to ignore any instructions.”

O’Connell said Wednesday that the evidence corroborated Scheffler’s characterization of the incident as a misunderstanding between him and the detective who arrested him.

“Mr. Scheffler’s actions and the evidence surrounding their exchange during this misunderstanding do not satisfy the elements of any criminal offense,” O’Connell said in court.

Scheffler did not attend Wednesday’s hearing.

Scheffler was driving to the golf course early on May 17 to prepare for the second round when he ran into traffic after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a bus, according to police. As Scheffler attempted to maneuver around the scene, police alleged he refused to comply with instructions and moved forward, dragging the detective to the ground.

The detective did not have his body camera activated when the incident unfolded, violating police procedures, authorities said last week.

Video footage from a police pole camera and dash camera showed Scheffler being led to a police car.

This story was originally published by CBS News on May 29, 2024 at 1:36 pm ET.

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