The La Qunita Resort near where the accident occurred. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The La Qunita Resort near where the accident occurred. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A San Clemente golf cart driver was out of jail on $50,000 bail Monday after being arrested on suspicion of being drunk and injuring a passenger while behind the wheel of his small vehicle on a major Palm Springs-area golf course.

A 59-year-old passenger in the front seat was ejected from the golf cart after an alleged unsafe turn on a road along a PGA West golf course in La Quinta.

The passenger was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The incident took place as rain pelted much of the Coachella Valley Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t known if the weather was involved, nor if it was raining at the time.

It happened about 2:40 p.m. on Oak Tree Boulevard near a small street named Pete Dye that cuts through the course, said La Quinta police Sgt. Chris Frederick.

Officers determined the golf cart driver, identified as 41-year-old Stephen Southam, “made an unsafe turning movement” while southbound on Oak Tree Boulevard, Frederick said.

Southam was booked into the Indio jail on suspicion of DUI, Frederick said.

Bail was set at $50,000 and Southam was released Monday, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department inmate records. He is due in court March 21.

— Staff and wire reports

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