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Police: Rescue call made to Tiger Woods' home

2:22 PM, Dec 8, 2009   |    comments
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Barbro Holmberg, Tiger Woods' mother-in-law, is taken to an Orlando-area hospital after a rescue call was made to Woods' Isleworth home.

UPDATE: Barbro Holmberg has been released from the hospital

WINDERMERE, Florida -- Health Central Hospital announced Tiger Woods' mother-in-law is in stable condition after being admitted early Tuesday morning.

Orange County firefighters went to Deacon Circle in the exclusive subdivision of Isleworth at about 2:35 a.m. after authorities received a medical call from Woods' home. A middle-aged woman with blonde hair was seen minutes later being taken into Health Central hospital in Ocoee on a stretcher.

The hospital confirmed Tuesday morning the woman was Barbro Holmberg, Woods' wife's mother. 

Our partners at Local 6 News in Orlando spotted a black Cadillac Escalade being driven by a woman matching the description of Woods' wife, Elin, that also went to Health Central. The driver later left the hospital in the SUV.

The tag number on the sport utility vehicle has only one digit different than the one on the Escalade that Woods crashed the day after Thanksgiving, Local 6 News reported. Both SUVs are registered to General Motors, which has lent vehicles to Woods.

Eva Malmborg, a spokeswoman for Woods' mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, said on Tuesday that she could not comment on the reports about a woman being taken from Woods' neighborhood to the hospital.

"I haven't been in contact with her, and like I said I don't know where she is -- and so I can neither confirm or deny anything," Malmborg said.

Malmborg confirmed Holmberg had taken a week's leave from her job as Gavleborg county governor in central-east Sweden, but said she did not know where Holmberg had gone.

Orange County fire officials will not confirm details about the rescue call, citing HIPPA laws.

The news comes a day after the release of an investigative subpoena request filed by the Florida Highway Patrol in which a witness believed to be Woods' wife, Elin, said that Woods consumed alcohol earlier in the day before crashing outside his Isleworth home and that the golfer has prescriptions for Ambien and Vicodin.

The request, which was made three days after Woods' Nov. 27 crash, was denied but stated that Woods was suspected of driving under the influence with property damage.

On the request form, a trooper answered the question, "Why do you reasonably suspect a crime occurred, and how is the evidence sought relevant to this crime?"

"The driver lost control of his vehicle, crashed and was transported to the hospital. A witness stated that the driver had consumed alcohol earlier in the day and the same witness removed the driver from the vehicle after the collision. Also, the same witness stated that the driver was prescribed medication (Ambien and Vicodin). Impairment of the driver is also suspected due to the careless driving that resulted in the traffic crash."

Woods' wife pulled him from the SUV, according to police reports.

Just days before the crash, a National Enquirer story alleged Woods had been seeing a New York nightclub hostess, Rachel Uchitel, who has denied it. After the crash, Us Weekly reported that a Los Angeles cocktail waitress named Jaimee Grubbs claims she had a 31-month affair with Woods.

Last week, Woods issued a statement on his Web site saying he had let his family down with unspecified "transgressions" that he regrets with "all of my heart." No other details were provided by Woods.

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