Golf cart caper nets driver a DWI

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2011 - 12:44 AM

A 21-year-old man downed about 10 shots of liquor, took an auto dealership's golf cart and was arrested going the wrong way on a highway through St. Louis Park, according to a criminal complaint.

Steven L. Mansfield was charged Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court with felony motor-vehicle theft and third-degree drunken driving, a gross misdemeanor.

Soon after his arrest before dawn Saturday, Mansfield's blood-alcohol content was measured in a breath test at 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

According to the complaint:

State troopers stopped Mansfield driving a golf cart heading south on the northbound shoulder of Hwy. 100 near Hwy. 7.

Mansfield, a bit unsteady on his feet, told the troopers that he worked for a golf course and was returning the cart, but he could not name his employer. He then told them he took the cart from nearby Westside Volkswagen so he could get gasoline for a friend who ran out of gas.

Mansfield also said he had had about 10 shots of gin and acknowledged being drunk. The troopers declined to have him perform standard roadside balance tests for fear he might hurt himself.

Mansfield's address was listed on a jail log and the criminal complaint as a Plymouth hotel. A phone call to his room Wednesday went unanswered.

PAUL WALSH

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