Woman Blames GPS For Golf Course Driving


NORTHBRIDGE, Mass., (UPI) — A Massachusetts woman accused of drunken driving blamed her GPS device for leading her into a golf course sand trap.

Northbridge police officer Randy Lloyd said Patricia Maione, 46, who is accused of driving onto the Fletcher Street golf course at 45 mph about 5:45 p.m. Monday and becoming stuck in a sand trap, told him her GPS had told her to turn left, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Wednesday.

“She stated that this left brought her into a ‘cornfield’ and once she was in the ‘cornfield’ she kept driving trying to get out of her ‘cornfield,'” Lloyd said in his report of the incident.

“Ms. Maione stated that she did not even like golf.”

Lloyd wrote Maione’s speech was slurred and she failed a field sobriety test. He wrote she admitted to drinking a half a liter of vodka at about 10 a.m.

Police said a large Burger King cup containing an alcoholic beverage was found in Maione’s car.

Maione was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, fourth-degree drunken driving, negligent driving and driving with an open container of alcohol in the car.

Police said she is also facing drug, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges from two previous cases.

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