Golf Cart DWI

A North Carolina prosecutor is using the driving while impaired conviction of a golf cart driver to warn people they can be busted for DWI on any vehicle.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore issued a news release saying 24-year-old William McNabb, of Gray, Tenn., was found guilty Friday of DWI and received a suspended sentence.

Authorities say McNabb had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent when he was pulled over while driving the golf cart on Bald Head Island in August 2008.

Gore says he wanted to remind people during the Independence Day holiday weekend that they can be arrested for drinking while driving boats, animals, bicycles and even lawn movers.


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  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 5, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Maybe the golfer was to drunk to walk?
  • by srcaufalot Location: farmville on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    Does this mean that I've got to park My magic carpet!!!
  • by Chris J. Location: ENC on Jul 4, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    While a golf cart sounds innocent, the fact is that on Bald Head, golf carts are the only mode of transportation. Add the fact that most streets there have bending turns, and blind spots everywhere, and two carts colliding at 20mph can produce some serious damage. Anyone suggesting this is not an issue needs to drive around there for a few days.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    I can see getting one for just about driving or riding anything.But an animal?That is just stupid.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 4, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    Yes Mr. DA. You can never get a DWI or DUI on a live animal. Cause the animal has real control of its actions. Unless the song rings true..."Whiskey for my men , Beer for my horses". That horse blew a .42 with a hint of carrot, apple and oats, couldn't tell if it the smell was from food or the beer he was drinkin'.
  • by TruthNC Location: NC on Jul 4, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    GREAT JOB! Hats off to a prosecuter that uses proactive methods to help with community safety. We need more of them. He may have saved a life, could be yours, may be mine. THANK YOU MR. GORE!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    Tell you what, James - if you ever have to have surgery we'll let your doctor have a few shots of whiskey or a six-pack of beer first before he cuts into you. DWIs do not affect anyone's freedom - it protects people's lives. You're free to drink as much as you want/ Just don't get behind the wheel of a car - or tractor, lawnmower, or golf cart. Or ride a bike. I do think the penalty for drinking and riding a bike should not be the same as for a car or other vehicle, though.
  • by ProDWI Location: Eastern on Jul 4, 2010 at 01:40 AM
    The average DWI subject drives 80 times before being caught. That is alot, but to James the few times it actually happens could be a loved ones life that is taken or yours. It doesnt matter if its a car, bus, or golf-cart. If you drive on a ROAD or HIGHWAY and are past the legal limit you should be arrested. Drive in your yard if you want to drunk but not on the road where other people are driving. If you dont hurt anyone when your caught you are blessed and so are the people on the road. NO ONE SHOULD CHANCE IT PERIOD!
  • by Rabbitt Location: ENC on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:13 PM
    For the Record-in NC you can not get a DWI on a Horse anymore. Guess that was changed because all the "Big Wigs" like to drink and ride. LoL.
  • by Josh on Jul 3, 2010 at 09:55 PM
    well the sliding scale would be near impossible to enforce. however, it is rationale to acknowledge that everyone is different and as such metabolizes and can consume alcohol differently.
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