THE VILLAGES — A forty-eight-year-old Village of Liberty Park man pleaded no contest in Sumter County Court on October 1.
This conviction stems from an incident that occurred on May 6 at 3:30 a.m. when Brett Wesley Belden was found passed out in a golf cart.
Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a suspicious person. A yellow golf cart was found parked just north of Odell Circle on Buena Vista Boulevard with Belden asleep at the wheel.
Belden reportedly responded that he had been out for a ride in the golf cart and was just heading home. Additionally, he did admit to having a few beers at home before deciding to drive the golf cart that evening.
Belden refused to provide a breath sample or to complete the field sobriety exercises. This refusal was not the first for Belden as he had a previous arrest for refusal to submit to a breath test.
After pleading no contest on Monday, Belden was sentenced to ten days in jail, a loss of his driver’s license for six months, has been placed on probation for one year, and was ordered to perform eighty hours of community service.