Man Arrested for DUI After Crashing Golf Cart in La Quinta

A man was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed a golf cart, causing a passenger to be ejected. Police say 41-year-old Stephen Southam was driving a golf cart south on Oak Tree when he made an unsafe turn around 2:38 p.m. Southam’s 59-year-old passenger was ejected from the golf cart.

The injured passenger was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital for moderate injuries. La Quinta police arrested the driver of the crashed golf cart for driving under the influence. He was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

Under California’s Vehicle Code, a golf cart is considered to be a vehicle and is thereby subject to the same DUI laws as any other automobile would be. Operating a golf cart while under the influence can, as is clearly shown in this case in La Quinta, pose a risk to public safety.

“Someone who has been drinking has no business operating a golf cart. We hope the passenger who was injured makes a quick recovery,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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