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DUI arises from golf cart crash

Britt Retherford

A retired Lake Wildwood woman faces a charge of driving under the influence after slamming a golf cart into the back of a car inside the gated community late Thursday. A passenger in the cart was thrown through the windshield and into the street.

Dorothy Charlene Teague, 59, was driving the cart south on Lake Wildwood Drive at about 25 to 28 mph when she failed to see a Subaru station wagon stopped at the intersection with Lake Forest Drive, said California Highway Patrol Officer Earl Cummins.

The top speed of a golf cart is about 30 mph, Cummins said.

The driver of the 1998 green Subaru was a young woman attempting to make a left turn when she was hit from behind by Teague at about 7:10 p.m., Cummins said.

There were no passengers riding in the Subaru, but Jacque Wilson, 54, was riding with Teague in the golf cart and was flung forward through a Plexiglas windshield. She suffered a possible broken collarbone and also complained of pain in her ribs and to her head and was taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Cummins said.

Hospital personnel reported that Wilson was released later Thursday evening.

Teague suffered a small scrape on her left cheek and another small scrape on her leg and was arrested for driving under the influence and causing bodily injury – a felony – and taken to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. She was released on $25,000 bail early Friday morning.

Teague could not be reached for comment Friday.

The results of her blood-alcohol test will not be available for at least one week, Cummins said.

While serious golf cart accidents are rare in Nevada County – with only one or two being reported a year – there could be more, since the CHP generally is not alerted unless there is an injury, Cummins said.

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