Snowbird sentenced in golf cart DUI after getting lost looking for square

Robert McCauley

A snowbird has been sentenced in a golf cart drunk driving case after getting lost earlier this year while looking for a town square.

Robert Bruce McCauley, 58, of Newark, Del., had been at the wheel of a black two-seater Yamaha golf cart at 9:39 p.m. Jan. 25 as it was being driven in the public roadway at Buena Vista Boulevard and County Road 466A, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. McCauley continued driving for one-tenth of a mile with a squad car’s overhead emergency lights activated and the officer in pursuit.

After the golf cart had come to a stop, the officer was walking toward the vehicle when he heard McCauley utter a one-word expletive.

The officer suspected McCauley had been drinking, due to his watery eyes and his fumbling when attempting to retrieve his Delaware driver’s license.

McCauley, who purchased a home in March in the Village of Osceola Hills at Lake Deaton, said he was was trying to find Brownwood Paddock Square. He said he had consumed a single beer.

McCauley struggled through field sobriety exercises and at one point “tripped over his feet almost causing him to fall,” according to the arrest report. He refused to provide a breath sample.

Last week in Sumter County Court, McCauley entered a plea of no contest in the case. He will lose his driver’s license for six months, has been placed on probation for one year and has been ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.