MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man is charged with stealing a golf cart with his friend and then crashing it into a tree in Apple Valley last Friday.
According to the Apple Valley Police Department, Benjamin Anderson, 20, took a golf cart that was parked at a restaurant on June 24 around 5:45 p.m.
The cart was being borrowed from a Ford dealership to be used at Apple Valley’s Freedom Days celebration. It was parked outside the restaurant while the driver went inside to use the restroom.
According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Anderson and his friend, Tyler Mudd, hop into the vehicle and drive off swerving all over the road.
They said they saw the cart go out of control and crash into a tree in a bank parking lot. Both Anderson and Mudd, 22, took off on foot after the crash.
One of the witnesses caught up with Mudd, the passenger in the cart, after he fled into the bank. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene and discovered that Mudd, who smelled like alcohol, was injured in the crash.
He was taken by ambulance to the Fairview Ridges Hospital and treated for a cut on his forehead and had to get 12 stitches on his face.
Police were able to find Anderson after checking Mudd’s cell phone and seeing a missed call from ‘Benny’ and a text from ‘Benny’ that read, “Dude, please do not say **** and just get outta there.”
Mudd admitted to being involved in a crash, but stated that he wasn’t driving the golf cart. He wouldn’t tell police anything more.
Anderson was charged with theft, theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts of criminal vehicular operation — all felonies.
Mudd was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting theft.
The golf cart was estimated to be worth $4,000.