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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:24 pm | Updated: 10:31 am, Fri Jan 4, 2013.

An allegedly intoxicated Citrus Heights man was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday after he drove a golf cart stolen from Greenhorn Creek almost all the way to Copperopolis.

John Scott Vishion, 46, was booked at the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of burglary, theft of a vehicle, possession of stolen property and grand theft – all felonies, according to a release from the Angels Camp Police Department. He was initially arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of drunk driving.

A CHP officer first contacted Vishion on the side of Highway 4 just west of Little John Road near the Copperopolis Town Square after receiving a “be on the lookout” from dispatch. A witness called 911 to report a golf cart being driven on the Highway and then contacted Vishion who stopped the golf cart on the side of the road, according to Officer Rebecca Meyers of the California Highway Patrol.

Vishion told the officer he had come from Angels Camp and was “heading home,” Meyers said.

“A golf cart being driven on Highway 4 is unusual,” she said, adding, “He’s lucky” to not have been involved in a traffic collision. The speed limit is 55 mph for most of the stretch Vishion drove in the golf cart.

Vishion was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by CHP and transported to the Calaveras County Jail where an Angels Camp Police officer interviewed him Tuesday morning and pieced together the unlikely series of events.

Vishion, who was staying at Trendwest Wyndham Resort in Angels Camp, got into an argument and left the resort on foot. According to Vishion’s statement, he walked to a house on nearby Smith Flat Road in Greenhorn Creek, went into the garage, unplugged a golf cart from the wall, loaded several bottles of Champagne into it and embarked on a road trip with the intent of ending up at his house in Citrus Heights.

Unfortunately for Vishion, he told the officer he made a wrong turn and became lost before reaching Citrus Heights.

During the interview, Vishion admitted he was very lucky to not have been involved in a traffic accident during his 13.5 mile golf cart excursion on Highway 4.

At 8:44 a.m. Tuesday, an Angels Camp Police officer stopped by the house where the golf cart had been stolen. The victim said someone had entered his garage at around 11:40 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and taken a golf cart, golf clubs and five bottles of champagne.

After speaking with Vishion, the officer added four additional felony charges to his affidavit.

Vishion is held in lieu of $56,250 bail and appeared in court yesterday at 2 p.m. in Department 2 of the Calaveras County Superior Court.

The release said the victims are making the necessary arrangements to retrieve their golf cart, golf clubs and champagne.

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