A New Yorker has entered a plea in connection with a drunk driving arrest after a golf cart mishap at Cody’s Original Roadhouse at Brownwood in The Villages.
Diane Tomkin, 62, of Port Jefferson, N.Y., pleaded not guilty last week in Sumter County Court to a charge of driving under the influence. She is being represented by attorney Melanie Slaughter, who earlier this year won an acquittal in a case in which Villager Ed McGinty had been charged with stalking a woman with whom he had a heated political disagreement.
Tomkin was found by Community Watch at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 10 with her golf stuck on a fence, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. Officers asked how her golf cart ended up there, and she told them she “didn’t know.” She was was “just sitting in a daze.”
Tomkin admitted she had consumed four drinks containing vodka. She told police she has diabetes. A check of her blood sugar showed that it was normal.
She nearly fell “multiple times” while participating in field sobriety exercises. She provided breath samples that registered .197 and .192 blood alcohol content.
A criminal history check revealed she had been convicted of driving under the influence in 2007 in Southold, N.Y. and in 2009 in Suffolk, N.Y.
She remains free on $500 bond.