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Man Arrested for Ramming Golf Cart into People

12:55 PM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
James Hines
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Saturday police were called to a fight at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club involving two groups of golfers.  The fight included one person ramming a group with a golf cart and swinging golf clubs.

Police were called to the golf club shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.

When police arrived they were told there were two groups of golfers involved in a fight with golf clubs.

The involved parties told police the fight was over one of the groups driving over the greens, drinking and lingering at the greens, according to an arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Two witnesses were interviewed by the police.  They said they were behind the two groups and could hear them yelling at each other.  When they were watching from a distance, they saw 61-year-old James Hines hit a golf ball at the group.

The witnesses then saw Hines use his golf cart drive up to the 18th green where the group was and then crash into the group with the golf cart, starting a fight.

The victims' account was similar to that of the witnesses'.

They told police they were on the 18th green with their party when Hines began yelling at them and then hit a golf ball at their group.

The men then picked up the golf ball and threw it back at Hines, according to the police report.

The victims said Hines then drove up in his golf cart at "a high rate of speed" and hit them with the golf cart, pinning one victim between two golf carts and running over a second.

After ramming the golf cart into the other group, the report says Hines then hit one of the other golfers with a golf club.  After the victim was struck with the club, a fight broke out between the two groups.

Two of the victims sustained minor injuries as a result of the golf cart ramming and ensuing fight.  They declined to be taken to the hospital but were seen by rescue personnel at the course.

James Hines was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Hines was booked into the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility and was released on his own recognizance Sunday afternoon.

First Coast News

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