Police: 3 arrested after joyrides on stolen golf carts

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PETERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police arrested three men Saturday night accused of taking two stolen golf carts for joyrides at a Washington County golf course.

Authorities said police were called to the area of Scenic Valley Golf Course and Church Hill Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday for the report of stolen golf carts.

According to police, 24-year-old Michael Stenger crashed a cart after a brief police chase. Officers reported Stenger appeared to be intoxicated. It was later learned his blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, police said.

Investigators said 24-year-old Daniel Chapman is accused of taking a second cart for a ride on the course. He allegedly fled the scene, but was later located.

Authorities told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida that through their investigation, they learned 24-year-old Eugene Daniel Brown was riding on the cart with Stenger. He was also taken into custody.

“They were trespassing and they stole equipment. Whether they bring it back or not, they stole it,” said Peters Township Police Chief Harry Fruect. “These were 24-year-old men. They should have better sense that their whole life is ahead of them. They’re driving golf carts at night, sorry, it doesn’t make sense.”

Stenger, Chapman and Brown are charged with theft of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle and trespass. Stenger also is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

“I think that’s just terrible. We love golfing here because it’s peaceful. For someone to do that is abominable,” said golfer Susan Barie on Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 7.