Up until now, the Dyker Beach Golf Club in Brooklyn was most famous for being the course where a young Tiger Woods learned to play golf from his father. Now, it’s famous for a pair of the largest golf cart “demolition derbys” we’ve ever reported on.
According to police, a gang of nearly 20 teens and young men broke into the course and wrecked over 45 carts in two separate incidents this summer. In the first incident involving 20 wrecked carts, they found them all over the course crashed into trees, tipped over and just generally wrecked. In another incident, one cart was set on fire, while an estimated 25 others were piled on top of one another in a sand trap. Ultimately, two teens were arrested after neighbors saw them riding one of the carts down the street . . . in Brooklyn? Yeah, that’s not gonna draw any attention to you.
“There were two separate incidents within about two months,” with about 20 carts wrecked, said Sal Frasca, who works at the course’s pro shop. “They trashed golf carts – they were upside down, crashed into trees, they were trying to tip them over – all over the golf course.”
One cart was set afire; 25 others were piled up in a sand pit. Many were badly damaged, with broken axles, cracked roofs, and dented bodies.
It doesn’t happen very often but you CAN be arrested for DUI if you’re not driving a car. Sometimes it happens on lawn mowers, occasionally on bikes and very infrequently on horseback. We’ve also seen an increase in DUI charges against those driving golf carts, although they are usually just inebriated seniors in retirement communities who use them to get around instead of walking. Here though, we have a man who was actually AT a golf course when he left to drive home in his cart. No word on his blood alcohol concentration, but doubtful he would make our Top Twenty list at the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings (not to be confused with the frequently disputed BCS Rankings). Still, he did manage to get all the way home before being caught my New York State Troopers.
New York State Police today said Todd P. Ranke, 43, of Locke was charged with felony driving while intoxicated Saturday afternoon. Troopers, who were initially called to investigate the theft of a golf cart, determined that Ranke drove the cart from a golf course of Tollgate Hill Road to his residence on Buddy Drive in Locke.
Since Ranke’s family owns the golf cart, Ranke is not facing larceny charges, troopers said. However, in addition to felony DWI, Ranke was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and aggravated DWI.
Golf-cart driver charged with felony DWI (ROC Now)
This stories involves a former New York news reporter for WCBS, Brendan Keefe, who left the Big Apple to raise his children in a “safer environment” in Ohio. What he and his wife didn’t count on is the high rate of drunken golfers on golf carts in the Buckeye State (okay, we don’t have any stats to back that up, but it just seems logical, doesn’t it?).
Brendan Keefe and his wife were attacked by a drunken golfer at the Ivy Hills Country Club outside Cincinnati on Sunday, cops said. The beating left him with a fractured eye socket and severed tear duct that will keep him off the air for a month. His wife, former CBS news writer Tiffany Keefe, was shoved to the pavement in the scuffle and suffered a skull fracture and concussion, police said.
Things got ugly when Duane Thompson, 38, lost control of his golf cart and it crashed near a spot where Tiffany Keefe was sitting with her infant daughter, cops said. A heated argument broke out, and Thompson allegedly pushed the mother down to the ground, knocking her unconscious. Brendan Keefe, who was in the pool with his 3-year-old son, ran to his wife – and the two men exchanged blows.
“We were victims of a vicious and unprovoked attack by a drunk man,” Keefe said. “All I care about is my wife’s recovery and the safety of my young children.” Thompson was arrested and charged with assault, cops said.
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