You have to wonder what Reginald S. Hood and Tara E. Lyter were thinking when they hopped into a stolen golf cart and started driving it down state Route 283 in the middle of the night.
That is what state police said the two were doing when they encountered them around 2 this morning in the golf cart, which turned out to be stolen. Hood, 25, of Harrisburg, and Lyter, 25, of Mechanicsburg, were found after police received reports of the golf cart traveling west on the busy Lancaster-Harrisburg expressway in Londonderry Township.
Police said the golf cart was stopped on the side of the road about three-quarters of a mile east of the Tollhouse Road interchange when they found the pair. Hood and Lyter tried to tell police they had run out of gas and a kind person had loaned them the golf cart to take gas back to their car.
The problem with that story, police said, was it did not hold up when the owner of the golf cart, Ronald Berhard, 71, no address given, was contacted. Berhard told police the golf cart had been parked beside his house and he had not given Hood and Lyter, or anyone for that matter, permission to use it.
There were other problems, too. Turns out Hood has a suspended drivers license. And of course there were pesky details the two had not taken fully into consideration, like the fact that the golf cart had no lights and no license plate.
All of that together resulted in a trip to Dauphin County Prison for Hood, who was unable to make $20,000 bail after police charged him with receiving stolen property, conspiracy to receive stolen property, driving with a suspended license, careless driving, driving at night with no lights on and failing to have required vehicle registration and certificate of title.
Hood, who court records state is currently awaiting sentencing on charges with a June drug-related arrest, might have known better. At least when it comes to the driving with a suspended license part of things. Court records show he spent 18 months on probation following 2005 guilty pleas to charges of unsworn falsification to authorities, providing false identification to law enforcement and driving while his operating privileges were under suspension.
Lyter, who court records show was charged last week in Camp Hill with DUI, driving with a suspended license and a traffic offense, was also charged with receiving stolen property state police said. No information is available this morning on any additional charges Lyter might face or her bail status.
By the way, police said Hood and Lyter really did have a disabled vehicle. It was towed.
Police said Berhard came with a trailer to take home his golf cart.