Reporting Andrea Menniti
ANGELS CAMP (CBS13) – A Citrus Heights man reportedly admitted to police that he stole a golf cart in Angels Camp, loaded it with champagne and attempted to drive it back home but was arrested for driving under the influence.
John Scott Vishion, 46, was “pulled over” driving a Club Car golf cart near Copperopolis early New Year’s morning by a California Highway Patrol officer and arrested for DUI after driving the golf cart more than 13 miles.
Later that morning, at about 8:44 a.m., an Angels Camp police responded to an address on Smith Flat Road in the Greenhorn Creek subdivision to take a report of a stolen golf cart. The victim reported that sometime after 11:40 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, an unknown suspect entered the garage and took the golf cart, golf clubs and five bottles of champagne. After taking the burglary report from the victim, the officer drove to the Calaveras County Jail to interview Vishion.
Vishion, who had been staying at the Trendwest Wyndham Resort in Angels Camp, admitted to entering the garage and taking the golf cart. Vishion said that he left the resort and began walking after being involved in an argument. As he was walking he said that he saw the golf cart in the garage, unplugged it from the wall charger, loaded several bottles of alcohol into the golf cart and began driving, according to police.
“I passed him, then I came back, passed him again. The second time he was gesticulating and it scared me that he was there,” witness Nora Brown said.
Vishion reportedly said his intent was to drive the golf cart back to Citrus Heights, but that he made a wrong turn onto Highway 4 and got lost.
After the jail interview, Vishion was also charged with burglary, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and grand theft, all felonies.
Officers returned the golf cart and champagne back to the homeowners.