Golf cart the vehicle in a DUIarrest | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Golf cart the vehicle in a DUIarrest

William Ferchland

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and grand theft after Douglas County sheriff’s deputies spotted him driving toward Stateline on Highway 50 in a golf cart, authorities reported.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies heard from dispatch a report of a man driving a golf cart on the highway. They then found Michael Jay Sotro allegedly driving the electric-motor machine belonging to Zephyr Cove Beach Resort near Kingsbury Grade, but Sotro didn’t see the flashing lights of the patrol cars behind him because the cart lacked a rearview mirror, a deputy stated.

Pulling over at lower Lake Parkway, Sotro stumbled frequently and carried an odor of alcohol, a deputy reported.

Sotro told deputies he was using the cart to get from Zephyr Cove to the Marriott complex, where he had a room.

A background check found that Sotro had at least one drunken driving incident and a suspended driver’s license, a deputy reported.

He was originally booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of grand theft, driving with a suspended license and a repeated drunken driving offense. His bail was listed at $36,032.

A blood draw was taken at the jail to determine his blood-alcohol content.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said the golf cart was likely unsuited for highway travel since it lacked the proper safety features and speed. Tractors, for instance, are able to use roadways if an emblem notifying motorists of the tractor’s slow movement is visible, Allen said.

Still, Allen has heard of people being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while driving a go-cart, being on horseback and, yes, driving a golf cart.

“It’s not a common occurrence,” he said.

Sotro is due in Tahoe Township Justice Court on Sept. 6 for a mandatory settlement conference.

The $6,000, two-seat Yamaha golf cart, which reportedly did not carry clubs, was picked up by an Zephyr Cove Beach Resort employee.


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