An unusual accident occurred in the front of Mango’s Beach Bar on Sunday night. The police from Jacksonville Beach arrested a drunk driver after he admitted crashing a golf cart into the glass wall of Mango’s Beach Bar.
The crash occurred later that evening, around 10:45 p.m. Witnesses said they saw the driver, drinking for a few hours at the bar, before driving the cart.
William Halford admitted that he drove the cart. The owner of the golf cart was sitting on the passenger seat.
Witnesses saw the man getting in the golf cart. He probably thought it was in reverse; he stepped on the gas pedal, believing he was going reverse, but the cart was in drive and crashed through the front glass wall.
According to the police report, three people were hit by the golf cart and suffered minor injuries. The driver was not injured.
The drunken driver got out of the car and tried to escape the scene, but police arrived on time.
At the moment of the arrest, the police officer who was arresting Halford said that he had watery and bloodshot eyes. He also smelled of alcohol.
The officer administered a field sobriety test, and Halford failed it. The drunk driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, personal injury, careless driving, disregard of attendant circumstances, and property damages.
In Jacksonville Beach, traffic laws are applied for golf carts as well. To drive this vehicle on a public roadway, you need to be sixteen years or older, have a valid driver’s license, and personal injury protection. The speed should be low (limited to 35 mph) and of course, you have to be sober to drive.
Call our Tampa, Florida personal injury attorneys today and schedule your consultation if you were involved in an accident that left you injured.
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