Golfer mistaken for clown charged with DWI
Published 4:03 pm Monday, August 29, 2011
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Massachusetts man whose colorful golf attire was briefly mistaken for a clown outfit has been charged in New York with driving a golf cart while drunk.
The Genesee County sheriff says they got a report that someone dressed as a clown was operating a stolen golf cart in the western New York town of Batavia on Sunday night. Deputies found 37-year-old James Straub, of Stoneham, Mass., driving along a road.
He wasn’t dressed as a clown — just wearing some colorful clothing after an outing at Terry Hills Golf Course. But deputies say he was intoxicated.
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Straub pleaded not guilty in town court to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and a lesser charge of refusing to take a breath test. He didn’t have a lawyer at his initial appearance.