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Officer who tried to stop golfer ‘taken to hospital’ (video)

By Vaseline May30,2024

The police officer involved in the incident with Scottie Scheffler outside the Valhalla Golf Club entrance Friday morning was hospitalized with “pain, swelling and abrasions to his left wrist and knee,” according to Louisville police.

Scheffler was arrested following an incident with an officer hours before his second round tee time at the 2024 PGA Championship. He was not involved in a separate traffic incident outside Valhalla that resulted in the death of an employee of one of the tournament’s suppliers .

Scheffler was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic. The charges include two felonies, one misdemeanor and one misdemeanor (second-degree assault on a police officer).

According to the police report, the officer attempted to give Scheffler instructions, but Scheffler did not comply and accelerated forward, dragging the officer to the ground.

“Detective Gillis was directing traffic to Gate 1 of the Valhalla Golf Course as the road was closed in both directions due to a previous fatal collision. The said subject was driving eastbound to access the course. The subject drove into the westbound lanes, where he went outside to allow traffic to flow and to avoid traffic jams.

Detective Gillis was in the middle of the westbound lanes, wearing full LMPD uniform and a high-visibility yellow reflective raincoat. Detective Gillis stopped the subject and tried to give instructions. The subject refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging Detective Gillis to the ground. Detective Gillis suffered pain, swelling and abrasions to his left wrist and knee. He was transported to hospital by emergency medical personnel.

“Detective Gillis’ uniform pants, valued at approximately $80, were damaged beyond repair.”

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who broke the news of Scheffler’s arrest, previously reported that “after a misunderstanding with traffic flow led to his attempt to drive past a police officer into the Valhalla Golf Club. The police officer attempted to buckle up to Scheffler’s car, and Scheffler then stopped his vehicle at the entrance to Valhalla and then began yelling at Scheffler to get out of the car. As Scheffler exited the vehicle, the officer pushed Scheffler against the car and immediately placed him in held in handcuffs in the back of a police car.”

Steve Romines, an attorney representing Scheffler, told reporters that Scheffler held up his media credential and entered the golf course as the players were instructed.

“Apparently there had been a traffic accident, or maybe even a fatal accident down the street, and that had changed the traffic patterns, and he was not aware of that,” Romines said. “I think the officer directing traffic may not have been part of the traffic division of the event. That’s why the miscommunication happened there and that’s why we’re here.”

Shortly before his scheduled second round at 10:08 a.m. ET start time, Scheffler released a statement regarding the incident.

“This morning I proceeded as instructed by police officers. It was a very chaotic situation, understandably given the tragic accident that had occurred earlier, and there was a major misunderstanding about what I thought I was being asked to do. I never intend to ignore the instructions. I hope I can put this aside and focus on golf today.

“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.”

The PGA of America released a statement Friday afternoon regarding both incidents.

“Our primary concern today remains for the family of John Mills, who was killed in a tragic accident early this morning while reporting to work,” the PGA of America said in a statement. “Regarding the incident involving Scottie Scheffler, we are fully cooperating as local authorities assess what occurred. As the legal process plays out, questions should be directed to Scheffler’s attorney or local authorities.”

Scheffler started his round with a birdie putt, putting him within four strokes of leader Xander Schauffele. He finished the day with a 5-under 66, which moved him to 9-under on the week.

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