Scheffler on the charge after being charged by police with court date set

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Scottie Scheffler has been charged with with assault in the second degree of a police officer, criminal mischief in the third degree, reckless driving, and disregarding signals from officers directing traffic.

Scheffler was detained by police officers on Friday morning after avoiding an unrelated traffic incident that saw a pedestrian killed. It is understood that he tried to avoid the scene but he was quickly released ahead of his PGA Championship second round at Valhalla Golf Club.

Scheffler is set to appear on May 21 at 9am ET at the Kentucky Court of Justice.

The world number one said in a statement:

“This morning, I was proceeding as directed by police officers. It was a very chaotic situation, understandably so considering the tragic accident that had occurred earlier, and there was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do.

“I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I’m hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.

“Of course, all of us involved in the tournament express our deepest sympathies to the family of the man who passed away in the earlier accident this morning. It truly puts everything in perspective.”

According to the police report, Detective Gillis stopped Scheffler’s car with the report reading: “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 knees.

“He was transported to the hospital for further medical treatment by emergency medical personnel. Detective Gillis’ uniform pants, valued at approximately $80 were damaged beyond repair.”

This has not stopped Scheffler in his tracks to win back-to-back majors as the two-time Masters winner carded a superb round of 66 given the circumstances.

The American arrived just 56 minutes before his tee time and he trails Collin Morikawa by two shots on nine-under-par.

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