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Woman Claims GPS Made Her Drive Into Golf Course Sand Trap

Whitinsville Golf Club of Northbridge, Mass.

Whitinsville Golf Club of Northbridge, Mass.

On June 15 around 5:45 p.m. Uxbridge, Mass., police received several calls about Patricia Maione, 46. The first from her ex, who reported that she had violated a no-trespassing order, broken into his house and taken things; the next from officer Thomas B. Stockwell Jr., who reported at first that she was driving erratically; and then that she was driving onto the Whitinsville Golf Club in Northbridge, Mass. Police arrived to find her still in her car, its damaged front end in the sand trap and rear wheels off the ground. Reportedly, neither Maione nor any golfers were injured.

According to responding Officer Lloyd, when he asked her what had happened she said “that her GPS had told her to turn left. She stated that this left brought her into a ‘cornfield,’ and once she was in the ‘cornfield’ she kept driving trying to get out of her ‘cornfield.’” She added that she didn’t even like golf. The officer smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, searched the car and found a Burger King cup full of alcohol.

She later admitted to the officer, her eyes reportedly red and speech slurred, that she had drunk a half liter of vodka around 10 that morning. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license; drunken driving, fourth offense; negligent driving; and driving with an open container of alcohol in the car.

Maione was held on $10,000 bail and appeared in court Tuesday. She pleaded not guilty.

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