Villager sentenced to 10 days in jail in golf cart DUI arrested at Morse Gate

Wayne Vodar

A villager has been sentenced to 10 days in jail following an arrest for drunk driving with a golf cart earlier this year at Morse Gate.

Wayne Vodar, 74, of the village of Rio Ponderosa, was convicted in Sumter County Court last week after pleading no contest to the charge of driving under the influence. In addition to a prison sentence, he will lose his driver’s license for five years and was placed on probation for 12 months.

According to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. A villager was following Vodar who was “circling” out of the way of the golf carts “unmindful of oncoming traffic.” He also nearly hit several other golf carts. Vodar’s golf cart hit a sign, causing minor damage, then came to a stop near a tree. A villager who had witnessed his reckless driving snatched the key to Vodar’s golf cart and handed it to gate attendant Morse. Law enforcement was called to the scene.

It appeared that the Chicago native had been drinking. A deputy tried to question Vodar, who told him, “Talk to my lawyer.

He struggled with field sobriety drills and provided breath samples that recorded a blood alcohol level of .260 and .264.

In 2019, Vodar did not contest a charge of driving under the influence with property damage. He lost his driver’s license for six months, was placed on probation for a year and was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.