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Groom's golf cart ride cut short in Washington County

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By Margaret Harding
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

A Peters police officer interrupted a groom and his best man as they tried to kick off a "memorable" wedding night last weekend.

The officer spotted groom Michael Mitchko and best man Ian Hopkins, both 27, as they drove a golf cart in the 4100 block of Washington Road just before midnight on Saturday, Peters police Chief Harry Fruecht said Wednesday.

The two told police they took the golf cart from the Rolling Hills Country Club, where they celebrated the wedding, and wanted to drive it to the hotel.

"They decided it would be a memorable experience to arrive back at the hotel on a golf cart while everyone else was on the shuttle bus," Fruecht said.

The golf cart, which was not equipped with headlights, was in the curb lane when the officer spotted it. Hopkins, of Elizabeth Borough, who was driving, passed a field sobriety test, Fruecht said. Police cited him with disorderly conduct and operating without registration and a certificate of title. Police cited Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township, with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The country club towed the golf cart but declined to press charges against either man for taking it, Fruecht said.

"It might be memorable, but not memorable in the way you want it to be," Fruecht said.

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