Georgia Golf Cart DUI

Peachtree GAThe city manager of Peachtree City, Georgia plead guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in a golf cart. Bernie McMullen, with wine glass in hand, was arrested for DUI while driving the cart in the city amphitheater parking lot after a Temptations concert. He showed physical signs of impairment, though the officers were initially unsure how to handle the situation. After briefly considering calling for a cab, they elected to arrest McMullen.

McMullen pled guilty to misdemeanor DUI and possession of an open container of alcohol. He was sentenced to a 24-hour jail sentence, fined $800, received a one year probation and had his driver’s license suspended for one year. In addition he must complete forty hours of community service and subject himself to random alcohol tests. The Fayette County Court said McMullen could apply for a special permit that would allow him to drive to work.

McMullen had refused to provide a blood sample during the DUI arrest and his Georgia DUI defense attorney thought he had a reasonable defense. McMullen however wanted to accept responsibility for the incident and help the city move forward by agreeing to the negotiated plea deal. "I made a mistake," McMullen said.

Peachtree City is a planned community southwest of Atlanta, and it features 70 miles of paths for golf carts, bicycles and pedestrians.

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