Souped-up golf cart driver pleads guilty

Oct. 20, 2008 at 8:08 PM

MORGAN CITY, Utah, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Utah say the golf cart that a man used to evade authorities was no ordinary golf cart -- it was souped up.

Morgan County Sheriff's deputies took pursuit after they say a golf cart spinning donuts, doing wheelies and tearing up the grounds at Morgan City Park on Aug. 16, the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner reported Monday.

"Normally, golf carts can't jump irrigation ditches," Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peay said.

The chase over less than five minutes led through parking lots and lawns, to downtown Morgan City, and finally to an alfalfa field where the cart got away.

"It wasn't any faster than us, but in the alfalfa field it was jumping irrigation ditches," Peay said. "We couldn't get through the ditches."

Officers recognized the cart's driver as Trev Dawson, whom they'd arrested before on minor charges.

On Oct. 1, Dawson pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court to the evading charge in a plea-in-abeyance negotiation, meaning he avoids jail with 12 months of good behavior, after which the charge is dismissed.

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