A woman from the village of Poinciana will lose her driver’s license after her golf cart overturned in an accident earlier this year.
Michelle Lynn Cangelosi, 50, did not contest charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in Sumter County Court last month. She will lose her driver’s license for six months, was placed on probation for a year and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.
Cangelosi was driving a 2014 Yamaha golf cart around 10 p.m. on March 24 when it hit a curb and the golf cart overturned near Bailey Trail and Bluffton Road, not far from the SeaBreeze Recreation Center.
Cangelosi had “glassy, watery, bloodshot eyes” and his speech “appeared to be slow,” according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Her “tone of voice changed erratically” and she “emitted an obvious strong odor consistent with an alcoholic beverage.”
Cangelosi said a vehicle pulled back 50 to 75 feet in front of her and she had to brake to avoid a collision. She “claimed that her golf cart had a top speed of 22 miles per hour.” A witness said the golf cart ‘brakes erratically’, hits the curb and flips over.
A deputy tried to arrest Cangelosi on suspicion of driving under the influence, but she “walked away several times” when the deputy tried to handcuff her. The deputy warned Cangelosi that she would be charged with resisting arrest if she continued to walk away. However, she continued to resist the deputy’s efforts to handcuff her.
The Rhode Island native was taken to a local emergency room and after being medically cleared, she was transported to the Sumter County Detention Center. In prison, she refused to submit to a breath test. She also refused to sign a DUI citation.