Scottie Scheffler
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The arrest of world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler by the Louisville Metro Police Department this past Friday during the PGA Championship in Kentucky shocked the sports world.

Scheffler was arrested as he attempted to enter Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville for Round 2 Friday morning. He allegedly attempted to bypass a police checkpoint and drug officer Bryan Gillis with him for several yards.

Scheffler was ultimately booked into jail on charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from an officer directing traffic. He was released in time to make his tee time for Round 2.

However, this situation is not going away. Authorities in Louisville have indicated that they don’t plan on dismissing charges against Scheffler despite the questionable nature of the arrest.

Despite all of this, Louisville Metro Police Department chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said during a press conference on Thursday that Gillis violated policy by not turning on his body-worn camera during the incident with Scheffler.

Scheffler attempted to explain his side of the story after the incident in question. Apparently, this was not enough for the star golfer to avoid multiple serious charges, including a felony.

“This morning, I was proceeding as directed by police officers,” Scott Scheffler said on Friday. “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.”

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Despite Thursday Announcement Charges Will Not Be Dropped Against Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler
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Gwinn-Villaroel noted on Thursday that disciplinary action has been taken against Gillis for failing to adhere to policy policy. What that means is anyone’s best guess. It’s likely that this will go on his record.

As for Scheffler, it’s been a continual theme from the LMPD that charges will not be dropped. He’s due in court for a preliminary hearing on June 3. We’re sure Sheffler’s side will ask for charges to be dropped in the matter. That still seems highly unlikely.

Witness testimony from the incident will be utilized in court, too.

“When [Scheffler] drove past him, the cop got very angry pursuing the car. … My impression was he was kind of running alongside chasing the car, and maybe he tripped and fell. I mean, there was kind of an outcropping or median, you know, by the front gate. And keep in mind, it was raining. It was 6 o’clock in the morning. It was dark.”

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