Drunken man drove through fences at Taylorsville golf course, police say

A Utah man was arrested after allegedly driving through fences at a Taylorsville golf course while intoxicated.

A Utah man was arrested after allegedly driving through fences at a Taylorsville golf course while intoxicated. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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TAYLORSVILLE — A Utah man was arrested over the weekend and accused of driving a car through a Taylorsville golf course while intoxicated.

Andrew Begay, 18, was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Saturday for investigation of DUI, reckless driving and failing to stop at the command of police.

Police received a call Saturday about a reckless driver at the Meadow Brook Golf Course, and officers were told that there was a man driving across the golf course "trying to crash through fences and leave," according to a police booking affidavit. The car was able to crash through a fence and drive away from the area.

A Taylorsville police officer later spotted a car with the front and rear bumpers hanging off of it and tried to pull it over, but the car drove away from the officer quickly. A few minutes later, 911 dispatchers got a call saying a car had crashed into a canal near 4400 S. Bennion Road.

Officers saw the driver run away from the car, and later took the man — identified as Begay — into custody, the affidavit states. Police said they found "a baggie with residue and several rolled up bills in one of his pockets."

When police first arrested the man, an officer asked him if he needed medical attention, and Begay replied, "No, I am just drunk," according to the affidavit, adding that he "openly admitted to recently smoking marijuana, using cocaine, and drinking an entire bottle of alcohol."

Officers said they could smell alcohol on Begay's breath, and they noticed he was stumbling when he walked, the affidavit says. Police say Begay has never obtained a driver's license and there were "many open containers of alcohol" inside the car.

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Jacob Scholl joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. He covers northern Utah communities, federal courts and technology.


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