SI- Thursday evening at around 10 p.m. PST, police received a 911 call from a witness stating that someone was joy-riding in a nine-passenger golf cart on the 210 Freeway. When he was caught, it was revealed that he was just trying to make the trek to his car a little easier.
“He took the cart and was trying to get to his car on the other side of Pasadena,” said Sgt. Mike Munoz. “It’s definitely chalked up as one of the new experiences for a lot of people here.”
Andrew Aldridge, the 19-year-old driver of the Rose Bowl cart, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
I was all set to agree with this kid. I was all set to call him an innocent victim. Everyone that has gone to a major sporting event knows. That trek back to your car after one or six too many beers and a 3-4 hours of sitting on your ass is a rough one. If someone left an unsupervised cart in front of me with the keys in the ignition I would probably consider driving it back to my car too. That is, if my car wasn't on the other side of town. Anything in the parking lot is fair game. You want to steal that cart and drive your drunk ass to the last row of the parking lot and abandon it, by all means. You can't get a DUI while driving a cart on a golf course or in a parking lot, everyone knows that. Once you have to leave the fantasy world of creating your own driving lanes, cutting across traffic, honking horns, and tailgaters and enter the open road where there is a distinct set of rules, you take responsibility for whatever happens to you.
Talk about the ultimate error in judgement. Too drunk to realize that stealing a golf cart and driving it on the highway is an insanely bad idea, while also being too drunk to realize that the walk, he tried so hard to avoid, may have saved him from getting a normal DUI once he got to his actual car. I'm no brain surgeon, but I think literally any other excuse is better than "I was drunk driving this less dangerous motor vehicle so I could get back to my more dangerous motor vehicle quicker, and then drive that while drunk." His excuse for getting a DUI was essentially that he was looking for the fastest way to potentially get a DUI.
Furthermore, this kid is 19 years old. Use a brain cell for me one time kid. You aren't even supposed to be legally drunk in public, never mind stealing property. Save the drunk misdemeanors for after you turn 21. I've learned that it's always best to commit one crime at a time. I get it, drunk people love golf carts. It's hard to turn down the opportunity if one magically appears in your double vision. Just got to be smarter about it. Take that thing for a spin around the stadium while some of that buzz wears off, then dust off the old Uber app.
P.S. If this kid was a Florida State fan all charges need to be dropped. Sitting through Thursday's game was punishment enough. Plus, he has been living in a fantasy land where his team never loses despite insurmountable circumstances, and where athletes dodge rape allegations, among other charges, unscathed. Losing by 40 probably turned his world on it's side. Probably didn't even realize he wasn't allowed to do that. Probably thinks his student ID doubles as a PBA card.
P.P.S. Best hijacked golf cart video of all time….