Imagine finally being able to take a dream vacation with your family. You anticipate your trip for weeks ahead of time, looking forward to the opportunity to spend much needed time together. Chances are that is what Julie Mall was looking forward to, right up until a situation during her vacation spiraled out of control. Mall tells one story and officers tell another.
According to Mall, she and her family were vacationing on Bald Head Island where golf carts replace vehicles at every turn. She and her husband decided to permit their 11-year-old son to drive a golf cart, despite knowing that the legal age to drive one is 16.
It was soon that police in their own golf cart pulled up behind them with flashing lights. Shortly after the initial stop, two more police vehicles arrived. Having been told to wait, Mall asked her husband to return to their cottage for bug repellent. One of the officers told her to move her golf cart because it was blocking the road, even though the cart was no longer there. The officer then lunged at her, twisting her arm behind her back.
The police have declined to make any statements regarding the incident, but their version is clearly detailed in an official report. Officer James Hunter wrote that as he approached the golf cart, he observed both adults to be intoxicated. He also wrote that Mall was obstinate and agitated. Hunter wrote that Mall repeatedly stated, “Well, just cite me.”
Regardless of which version is true, Mall was arrested and transported to the mainland via ferry. She was charged with resisting a public officer, intoxicated and disruptive, and misdemeanor child abuse. She was bonded out of jail by her husband. Mall’s charges were eventually dismissed as Officer Hunter failed to appear in court to testify.
While this story is not that of a typical situation, do remember that you must be 16-years old with a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart in North Carolina. If you have been involved in a golf cart accident in Charlotte, you need an experienced attorney like Auger & Auger Law on your side. Call today for a free case evaluation.