A 45-year-old Florida man was driving a golf cart with a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the state's .08 percent limit on the evening of March 28 according to a report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest. The man was taken into custody in Lady Lake and transported to the Sumter County Detention Center for processing.

A SCSO deputy was dispatched to the vicinity of Morse Boulevard and East County Road 466 in the Villages development at approximately 7:45 p.m. after a passerby called to report a possibly intoxicated man behind the wheel of a golf cart at a red light. The deputy says that he suspected that the man was intoxicated after noticing the odor of alcohol and observing that his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The deputy also says that the man became antagonistic when asked to provide his address and date of birth.

During a search of the man's golf cart, the deputy is said to have found an opened bottle and four miniature bottles of cinnamon whisky. Two subsequent breath tests allegedly revealed the man's blood alcohol concentration to be .29 percent and .285 percent. According to a records check, the man was convicted of driving drunk in Orange County in 2000.

The prospect of facing drunk driving charges can be highly disconcerting, but experienced criminal defense attorneys would likely advise motorists in this position to remain calm and treat police officers courteously. This is because the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through plea negotiations, and prosecutors may be less willing to reduce charges or mitigate sentences when defendants have behaved belligerently.

Source: WFTV, "Deputies: 5 bottles of Fireball found in golf cart being driven by drunken Villages man", Jason Kelly, April 2, 2019

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