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83-year-old Villager jailed without bond after violating his probation in golf cart DUI

Donald Henderson Flowers
Donald Henderson Flowers

An 83-year-old Villager has been jailed without bond after violating his probation in connection with a golf cart DUI.

Donald Henderson Flowers of the Village of Sunset Pointe was booked Thursday morning at the Sumter County Detention Center.

Flowers was placed on probation for 12 months last year on a charge of driving under the influence. He also lost his driver’s license for six months and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

EMS personnel found the Kansas City native on the ground on March 19, 2021 at Winn-Dixie at Lake Sumter Landing and noted he had some scratches on his knee and elbow. Flowers declined medical attention and got back into his golf cart and drove onto the sidewalk near the liquor store section of the store. When deputies arrived on the scene, Flowers had a bottle of vodka in his hand, but attempted to hide it in a compartment of the golf cart, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Flowers was unsteady on his feet as he got out of the golf cart. A deputy took the golf cart’s key and put it on the roof of the vehicle. Deputies asked Flowers if he had been drinking. He claimed he’d had “two beers.”

Flowers agreed to participate in field sobriety exercises, but said he might have some difficulty because he’d broken his ankle while golfing in 2019 and had surgery to repair it. He said the ankle is still healing and he uses a cane sometimes when he walks. He struggled through the exercises and had to sing the alphabet because he could not recite it correctly.

He provided two breath samples that both registered .171 blood alcohol content.

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