As he puttered along the highway in a golf cart, Steven Mansfield must've looked like a late night golfer who'd really, really shanked a drive and was looking for his ball.
When State Patrol pulled Mansfield over on the shoulder of Highway 100 outside of Brooklyn Center, he at first said he worked at a golf course and was just "borrowing" the cart, a far-fetched story considering it was 4 a.m. in the morning.
After Mansfield couldn't name the golf course, he admitted to State Patrol that he'd stolen the cart, which apparently seemed like a good idea after 10 shots of gin.
Mansfield was arrested, and has been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's office with one count of motor vehicle theft and two counts of third-degree DWI.
Mansfield's golf course story fell apart, and officers asked him to step off the cart. His eyes were bloodshot, and he stunk like booze, according to the complaint. At that point, Mansfield realized the jig was up:
"Officers asked the defendant how much he had to drink and [Mansfield] stated he had approximately 10 shots of gin and that he was 'Drunk.'"Mansfield admitted he'd taken the golf cart from a nearby Volkswagen dealership after his friends car had run out of gas. His plan was to drive the cart to a gas station, then return to his friend's car.
Later that morning, Mansfield took a breathalyzer test and blew .20, more than twice the legal limit for blood alcohol level.
Theft of a motor vehicle carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $10,000, while third-degree DWI has a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.