Villager arrested on DUI charge in golf cart at Lake Sumter Landing

Phillip Elwell

A Villager was arrested on a drunk driving charge in a golf cart at Lake Sumter Landing.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were working security at a political rally Friday night at Market Square. A deputy noticed 51-year-old Phillip Elwell crossing from City Fire to Johnny Rockets not using the crosswalk, according to an arrest report. Elwell swayed and staggered as he walked.

The resident of 537 St. Andrews Blvd. on the Historic Side of The Villages got into a black golf cart, put the key into the ignition and started to back up.

A deputy approached the Anchorage, Alaska native and asked if he had been drinking. Elwell said he had been drinking beer at City Fire, where he met a couple from England who purchased his drinks.

Before performing field sobriety exercises, Elwell said he had neuropathy in both of his feet. He lost his balance several times during the exercises. He refused to provide a breath sample.

Elwell was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. Bond was set at $1,000.