(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, January 22nd 2024)
LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A golf cart in a flower bed was what a sheriff’s deputy saw first when arriving at the scene of “a reckless driver complaint,” and the man he arrested for DUI had done it at least three times before.
“Furthermore,” his arrest report said, “it appeared that the vehicle had struck a fire hydrant, only causing minor cosmetic damage to the golf cart” he was driving the night of April 23 in Florida.
“While examining the interior of the golf cart, I observed the keys were still in the ignition, but the vehicle appeared off,”
and next to the golf cart was “Mark Fusco, sitting in a lawn chair in the driveway of this address while next to the golf cart.”
He was not at home.
According to the arrest report, Fusco told the deputy “he was heading home when he became lost and drove his golf cart into the flower bed.”
It should be noted, The National Desk found that home is 3.6 miles away, and an eight-minute drive from the home Fusco bought in 2017 on a road called Sipsey Street.
According to the arrest report, the deputy “noticed his eyes appeared to be glossy … the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath … extremely uneasy on his feet and unable to walk naturally, almost appearing as if he would fall over.
“It should be noted, the defendant stated he sustained an injury in the First Gulf War and was not able to walk correctly.”
Then came time for field sobriety exercises and, “The defendant informed me he was unable to stand,” so he was allowed to sit, instead.
“The walk and turn and one-leg stand were not attempted due to the defendant’s complaints of being uneasy on his feet.
“I then attempted to conduct the finger-to-nose exercise, to which the defendant stated he could not complete the exercise and refused to do so.”
Also, the deputy reported a witness on a walk “observed the defendant to be partially still in the driver’s seat of the golf cart and partially out of the vehicle and wedged between the cart and the fire hydrant.”
And Fusco reportedly admitted to drinking “one approximately six- to eight-ounce glass of vodka and orange juice drink.”
Later, in jail, Fusco’s breath test results were reportedly 0.204 and 0.202.
Finally, a criminal history check found Fusco was convicted of DUI in New Jersey in 2008 and in 2014, and locally in 2018. That charge appeared to be for a 3rd DUI in 10 years, but it was lowered to a regular DUI.
This time, Fusco was charged with driving under the influence, 4th or subsequent offense, and released after 11 days in jail.
Earlier this month, he agreed to plead no contest and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year of probation, plus, five years with his driver’s license revoked.
Fusco, 58, served 12 days of his jail sentence before he was released.