Mass. woman drives car into sand trap

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June 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

(NECN: Melissa Toupin) - A central Massachusetts woman faces drunk driving charges after police say she drover into a golf course sand trap on Monday in Northbridge, Mass.

It was just before closing Monday when Whitinsville Golf Club General Manager Christopher Hulme got a call saying there was a car in one of his sand traps.

Hulme rushed over to find a green Buick had somehow gone off course, made its way through the fairway and ended up in a sand bunker.

The driver – a 46-year-old Uxbridge, Mass. woman – was behind the wheel, but was not hurt.

"First thing she said to me was her GPS took her somewhere unexpected," said Hulme.

Northbridge police say the woman is Patricia Maione.

She is charged with drunk driving – her third offense – and operating to endanger.

According to court records, she told officers her GPS told her to turn left which brought her through a "corn field," and somehow she ended up on a golf course.

"GPS are wrong. I use them. But in this case, I don't think it was," said Hulme.

Hulme says the driver entered the golf course through an open gate on Fletcher Street.

She then followed the golf cart path for nearly a quarter mile – narrowly missing several golfers along the way – before going over the edge into the sand trap.

"It must have been like a ride at Six Flags when she went over the hill," said Hulme.

The bunker sits at the bottom of an 8 to 10 foot drop.

Police say Maione admitted to having drank alcohol earlier in the day. A short time later, officers say she told them she "did not even like golf".

Tags: Melissa Toupin, drunk driving, Northbridge, massachusettts, patricia maione, operating to endanger, Christopher Hulme
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