When you’re a rock star, going on a drunken joy ride in a stolen golf cart is just par for the course. On Sunday night, Ted Nugent’s drummer was arrested for doing just that, CBS News reports.
Mick Brown, an Arizona resident, was arrested for allegedly stealing a golf cart after a Ted Nugent show in Bangor, Maine. Now Brown is facing DUI, driving to endanger, theft, and assault charges, authorities say.
After Sunday’s concert, security officers received a report that 55-year-old Brown had stolen the cart while drunk and was driving it recklessly on a nearby footpath. When the officers tried to stop Brown, he reportedly sped past them and then shoved one of the officers, according to authorities. Brown was removed from the cart and arrested.
Had the incident occurred in Brown’s home state, the charges would’ve probably been the same. Under Arizona’s DUI law, it’s illegal for a person to operate any form of vehicle, including golf carts and bikes, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
While getting a DUI in a golf cart may seem like a laughable offense, a golf cart can do some serious damage. The models currently available aren’t your father’s golf cart. Many states have passed legislation redefining “golf carts” to include vehicles that can reach speeds of up to 25 mph. In the past, golf carts could only get up to about 15 mph.
These souped-up carts are called “neighborhood electric vehicles,” according to a report by the National Highway Safety Administration. Considering the average golf cart weighs between 500 and 800 pounds, those speeds could cause serious injury or death if driven recklessly or while impaired.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mick Brown picked up two women during his drunken romp. Apparently some 55-year-olds still have their priorities straight.
- Ted Nugent Drummer Arrested Stealing Golf Cart (Rolling Stone)
- Arizona DUI Laws (FindLaw)
- DUI Arrests (FindLaw)
- Grand Theft Golf Cart: Man Charged with Golf Cart DUI (FindLaw’s Phoenix DUI Law Blog)