Man arrested after highway joyride in stolen golf cart

4:49 PM, Aug 3, 2011   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A 21-year-old Plymouth man was arrested after authorities found him driving a golf cart while allegedly drunk on a west metro highway.

The Minnesota State Patrol found Steven Lee Mansfield heading soutbound on the shoulder of Highway 100 near Highway 7 in St. Louis Park at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Mansfield told police he worked for a golf course and was returning the golf cart. When officers asked which golf course he worked for, Mansfield could not give officers the name of a golf course. Mansfield then admitted to police he did not work at a golf course and stated he stole the cart.

Mansfield told police he had approximately 10 shots of gin and said that he was drunk. Mansfield was then arrested for DWI. A breath test administered at 5:40 a.m. indicated Mansfield's blood acholol content at .20.

After police began examining the stolen golf cart, Mansfield told police he stole the golf cart from Westside Volkswagen because his friend ran out of gas. Mansfield said he saw the golf cart and decided to take it to get gas for his friend's car.

Mansfield was charged with one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of third degree DWI, a gross misdemeanor. The felony count comes with a maxiumum penalty of five years and/or $10,000 while each DWI charge comes with a max penalty of one year and/or $3,000.

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