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Scheffler’s legal saga: charges dismissed – Indianapolis News | Weather Indiana | Indiana traffic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Criminal charges against Scottie Scheffler have been dismissed, ending a legal saga that began with images of the world’s top male golfer being arrested and handcuffed in Louisville during the PGA Championship.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, a local prosecutor, asked a judge Wednesday afternoon to drop the four charges against Scheffle, who was not required to be in court Wednesday.

O’Connell said his team reviewed the case in a “thorough and expeditious manner” and found that Scheffler’s statement that the incident was a major misunderstanding was borne out by the evidence.

Scheffler was charged with one misdemeanor count of assaulting a police officer with his vehicle, along with three misdemeanor counts. The arresting officer, Detective Bryan Gillis, was standing outside the Valhalla Golf Course gate on May 17 directing traffic after a pedestrian death when he encountered Scheffler.

Scheffler, 27, was driving a PGA service vehicle when Gillis said he “refused to comply and accelerated forward, causing Gillis to be dragged to the ground.” Gillis said his uniform pants were damaged in the fall and he was taken to hospital for his injuries.

Surveillance video released by Louisville police last week showed Gillis chasing Scheffler’s vehicle on foot and preventing him from entering the course. Scheffler is later pulled out of the car and handcuffed. But the video did not show Gillis’ initial contact with Scheffler, authorities said.

Gillis was disciplined for failing to activate his body-worn camera during the arrest. In a report on that failure, Gillis wrote that Scheffler had “demanded to be allowed” onto the golf course.

Scheffler has said he simply misunderstood the orders of traffic officers.

The famous golfer spent a short period in a prison cell and then returned to the course for the second round. He finished the tournament in a tie for eighth place.

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