Scheffler’s arraignment postponed to June 3


Golfer Scottie Scheffler’s arraignment on charges stemming from his arrest Friday outside the PGA Championship has been postponed until June 3, according to online court records.

Scheffler was originally scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET in a Louisville, Kentucky courtroom. A district judge granted a request for a delay filed by Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, of Louisville television station WLKY. reported.

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and failure to obey the traffic signals of an officer directing traffic.

Louisville police arrested Scheffler shortly after 6 a.m. ET Friday outside Valhalla Golf Club after the world’s No. 1 golfer tried to get around a traffic jam before the second round of the Louisville Championship. the PGA.

The backup was prompted by a fatal accident earlier in the morning. A shuttle struck and killed John Mills, a local man working for a tournament vendor, causing traffic to slow down.

Scheffler, according to the arrest report, was heading east when he attempted to steer his black Range Rover courtesy car into the westbound lane. Detective Bryan Gillis attempted to stop the vehicle but Scheffler continued forward, according to the report, “dragging Detective Gillis to the ground” and causing injuries that required medical attention.

Romines, Scheffler’s attorney, said Scheffler was initially ordered to enter and that the officer directing traffic was not part of the event’s traffic details. “So that’s where the miscommunication came about and that’s why we’re here,” Romines said Friday morning.

When Scheffler stopped, he rolled down his window and the officer grabbed Scheffler’s arm and opened the door, according to Jeff Darlington, an ESPN reporter at the scene. The officer then handcuffed Scheffler and pushed him against the car.

Authorities took Scheffler to the local police station and charged him.

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On Saturday, Lousiville Mayor Craig Greenberg said the city did not have body camera footage of Scheffler’s arrest. Greenberg said he’s not sure if Gillis was wearing a body camera, but there is footage from a fixed camera across the street, and it will be released in the future.

After his release from prison Friday morning, Scheffler returned to the course less than an hour before his new start at 10:08 a.m. ET, which had been delayed along with the starts of the rest of the field due to the long backup caused by the crash.

Scheffler finished the second round with a 5-under 66 and attended a packed news conference. He called the interaction that led to his arrest a “chaotic situation” and a “big misunderstanding.”

He finished tied for eighth place in the PGA Championship, shooting 13 under par for the tournament. Scheffler is listed in the field for this week’s PGA Tour event, the Charles Schwab Challenge, which begins Thursday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

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