Mick Brown, drummer for classic rocker Ted Nugent, was arrested earlier this month in Bangor, Maine for allegedly driving drunk in a golf cart stolen from a concert venue.
Officer’s working the concert were apparently alerted that the 55-year-old was allegedly intoxicated and driving the stolen cart around recklessly on a foot path.
According to police, when officers attempted to stop Brown, he sped past them and shoved a security officer.
Two security officers removed the man from the cart and placed him under arrest.
Brown, a resident of Arizona, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released from jail after posting a $4,000 bond.
DUI charges often result from a harmless indiscretion, but the penalties attached to a DUI in Florida can be severe. Whether or not the man was in fact intoxicated, he most likely was not trying to permanently steal the golf cart and was probably unaware that driving a golf cart impaired can result in DUI charges. Despite what the man’s intentions were, prosecutors will attempt to apply the charges to the best of their ability.
While the majority of DUI arrests made involve a person driving a car, truck or other motor vehicle, law enforcement officers throughout the state of Florida will pursue arrests of people in all types of vehicles, including golf carts. Florida law enforcement officials take drunk driving very seriously. Police set out to charge and convict people of drunk driving whenever possible. It doesn’t matter whether you are stopped driving an SUV, motorcycle or golf cart – if police can show you were driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the point that your normal faculties are impaired, you can be arrested for a Florida DUI.
It is extremely important that those facing DUI charges seek legal advice from a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. An effective defense can reduce or dismiss overzealous charges and ensure that any consequences that follow are not too strict.
If you have been charged with a DUI involving a golf cart or any other type of vehicle throughout the state of Florida, contact the Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or reach us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).