According to authorities, a golf cart driver was taken into custody following an accident on a Southern California golf course in which an allegedly intoxicated passenger fell out of a moving cart. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the cart’s driver was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.
As a precaution, the passenger who fell out of the golf cart was transported to a local hospital. The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19; police responded to the scene to investigate a report of a single-vehicle crash that involved a golf cart. The passenger reportedly fell from the car as it was moving. During the police investigation, suspicions arose that the golf cart’s driver was also intoxicated. The driver, a 35-year-old La Quinta man, was released Jan. 21 on a bail of $2,500 after being booked into the Riverside County Jail.
Some drivers may not be aware that drunk driving laws apply to recreational vehicles such as golf carts, boats and all-terrain vehicles in some states such as California. If a recreational vehicle is involved in an accident and the driver is determined to be intoxicated, the same charges and penalties given to drunk drivers on the road may be given to drivers of recreational vehicles.
There are several possible defense options that a defendant can explore. The best defense approach will be different for each case since no two cases are alike. For example, if a defendant’s blood-alcohol level is close to the legal limit and the test was performed more than a certain number of minutes after the initial traffic stop, it may be argued that — due to the margin of error in a roadside breath test device — it is possible that a defendant was not legally intoxicated.
If a defendant does not wish to face a long and stressful trial, another possible resolution may be a plea agreement. If this is a first DUI charge or the defendant agrees to seek alcohol treatment, the prosecutor might be willing to reduce some of the charges or penalties.