Man who attempted getaway on golf cart gets jail time

MEDINA, Ohio - A man's decision to steal a golf cart, hoping to drive it home to Cleveland, has resulted in a 180-day jail sentence.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier promised Monday that he would review Samuel Dottore's sentence after he served half the time.

Dottore, 45, pleaded guilty in December to a felony theft charge.

His case dates to early October, when he met a couple in a bar and went to their home. A few hours later, the couple were driving him to a motel when he pulled out a frozen pot roast they said he stole from their freezer.

The couple told police they dropped him and the meat along a roadside and returned home.

Police said Dottore then stole a golf cart from outside a business and tried to drive home. The keys had been left in the ignition.

Dottore stopped for gas and paid to fill the cart's tank before he was arrested while driving in downtown Medina about 5:30 a.m., police said.

Medina is about 25 miles south of Cleveland.

The charge against Dottore related only to the golf cart.

In court when he entered his plea, Dottore told the judge he'd been drinking that day, and that alcohol mixed with the psychiatric medication he takes daily affects his judgment.

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