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Villager who drank at Fenney Grill charged after girlfriend thrown from golf cart

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Ronald Joseph Szarley

A Villager who had been drinking at the Fenney Grill has been charged in an accident in which his girlfriend was thrown from a golf cart.

Ronald Joseph Szarley, 69, who lives at 1017 Boone Court on the Historic Side of The Villages, was arrested Tuesday on a Sumter County warrant charging him with reckless driving with alcohol.

The warrant was issued after his girlfriend was airlifted Oct. 17 to Ocala Regional Medical Center when she was thrown from a golf cart Szarley was driving at Fenney Way and Penney Lane, near the Blue Heron Recreation Center in the Village of Fenney. She had suffered a head injury.

Szarley admitted he had made an abrupt turn and the woman was thrown from the golf cart and “hit her head on the asphalt,” according to an arrest affidavit from the Wildwood Police Department.

Szarley said he and his girlfriend had been at the Fenney Grill at about 3 p.m. where he drank four Corona beers, but did not eat. At about 5 p.m. he received a call “from a friend that recently returned from Michigan and wanted to have drinks with them,” the affidavit said. They got into the golf cart and headed out.

Szarley struggled through field sobriety exercises. He consented to a blood draw. He said that if the blood draw showed he was over the legal limit, he would turn himself in, the affidavit said. He was not immediately taken into custody. His golf cart was towed from the scene.

“I wish it was me that was hurt, not (her),” he told police.

Szarley remains free on $500 bond.

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