Criminal charges against Scottie Scheffler dropped

The criminal charges against Scottie Scheffler stemming from a traffic incident at the PGA Championship have been dropped.

Jefferson County attorney Mike O’Connell addressed the court on Wednesday.

Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg had previously acknowledged that arresting officer detective Bryan Gillis didn’t have his body camera activated during the Scheffler’s arrest. According to Louisville Metro police policy, officers must turn on their body cameras before “engaging in all law enforcement activities and encounters.” Though there is video footage from a police cruiser’s dashboard as well as from a pole across the street from Valhalla, Greenberg asserted that video of the actual incident does not exist. The LMPD released both of those videos, both of which inconclusively showed the behavior Scheffler was alleged to have done.

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Scheffler was arrested on May 17 outside Valhalla Golf Club ahead of the second round of the PGA Championship and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from a officer directing traffic. Scheffler is alleged to have driven past a police officer against the officer’s instructions while trying to enter the club. Scheffler called the incident a misunderstanding, although a police report states that Gillis was dragged by Scheffler’s car, which led to injury and damage of Gillis’ pants.

Scheffler’s lawyer Steve Romines had disputed the nature of the incident and promised to litigate the matter until Scheffler was “completely exonerated.”

“[Scheffler] was proceeding as directed by another traffic officer and driving a marked player’s vehicle with credentials visible,” said Romines. “In the confusion, Scottie is alleged to have disregarded a different officer’s traffic signals resulting in these charges. Multiple eyewitnesses have confirmed that he did not do anything wrong but was simply proceeding as directed. He stopped immediately upon being directed to and never at any point assaulted any officer with his vehicle.”

Scheffler returned to Valhalla after his Friday arrest and turned in a second-round 66, although followed with a 73 while admitting the chaotic situation had worn him down. Scheffler bounced back with a final-round 65, ultimately finishing in a tie for eighth. He is not in this week’s RBC Canadian Open field, but is expected to play at the Memorial Tournament beginning June 6. The U.S. Open at Pinehurst is the following week.

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