An unusual case has arisen in Larksville, as a man has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. The drunk driving allegation stems from an incident in which Pennsylvania police found the man apparently driving a golf cart down a public street. Police say charges against the man are pending.
Police reported that the man was spotted on the evening of Dec. 8 driving a golf cart down a street in Larksville. The man apparently initially refused to stop for police, but he later acquiesced. He allegedly told police that he had been drinking and was using the golf cart to travel to another bar. It is unclear where he got the golf cart from, since golf season in Pennsylvania typically ends before December.
The man has not yet been formally charged, but police have requested that a toxicology scan be taken of the man to determine if he was indeed over the legal limit. While a golf cart might not be considered a traditional mode of transportation associated with drunk driving, it is still considered a vehicle in the eyes of the law, so drunk driving charges are possible. The case is still under review, pending the return of the toxicology results.
In a case such as this, where unusual behavior has predicated police involvement, there is a good chance that an investigation will be launched. However, Pennsylvania authorities carry the burden of proof in a case of suspected drunk driving. If proper protocol is not observed in taking a blood sample for toxicology, the evidence could be rendered inadmissible in a court of law.
Source: CBS News, "Pennsylvania man suspected of golf-cart drunk driving", Dec. 11, 2014