Man arrested for DUI after he was found 'passed out behind the wheel' of his golf cart

Man arrested for DUI after he was found ‘passed out behind the wheel’ of his golf cart

(As originally published, Tue, January 16th 2024)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A man in Florida was arrested after he was found in his golf cart, “parked in the roadway with the lights running,” but he ended up facing a lesser charge than the original DUI.

The incident happened in September.

A lieutenant with The Villages Fire Rescue made the discovery on the way to a medical call and passed by again on his return trip.

According to the arrest report, “He and his crew observed a white golf cart with a black top still running with its lights on.”

Inside was Scott Ras, described as “passed out behind the wheel and parked in front of someone’s driveway.”

The lieutenant said Ras “was talking gibberish and kept repeating himself multiple times,” but “there were no health concerns.”

A deputy called to the scene reported Ras “holding on to the rail of his golf cart, using it to keep his balance.”

He also reported Ras having “bloodshot glossy red eyes” and “slurred speech.”

Ras said “he wanted to go home, and he lives down the road,” but, “When I asked the defendant for his address, he let go of the golf cart and began to stumble backward, appearing to be off balance beyond normal faculties.

Man arrested for DUI after he was found 'passed out behind the wheel' of his golf cart
Scott James Ras pleaded no contest to a first-offense reckless driving charge, months after his arrest for DUI, Sept. 16, 2023. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“When he was not holding onto the rail of his golf cart for balance, he was swaying.”

Another conversation involved a sergeant, who asked Ras “how much he had to drink tonight, and the defendant stated he did not know.

“I asked the defendant if he was drinking at all tonight and the defendant stated no.”

Then, the arrest report said he refused field sobriety exercises, was arrested for DUI, and later refused a breath sample.

It turned out, Ras had three DUI convictions back in New York: two in 1994 and another the next year.

This time, he spent 10 hours in jail and earlier this month, took a plea deal.

Ras, 60, pleaded no contest to a first-offense reckless driving charge and was sentenced to six months of probation.

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