Golf course damaged by alleged drunk driver in Willmar

The driver took a pickup onto the 16th and 17th holes.
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A popular golf course in west-central Minnesota was damaged Tuesday evening when an alleged drunk driver left a nearby road and drove on the course. 

According to Willmar Police Department, the 20-year-old Spicer man was the subject of several driving complaints before he drove his truck onto the course around 7:35 p.m., ultimately leading to his arrest for suspected DWI, open bottle, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. 

A West-Central Tribune employee was golfing when the incident unfolded, with the Willmar newspaper reporting that the suspect drove the truck on the fairway of the 16th hole, then up a cart path leading to hole 17's tee box.  

The staffer reported seeing the driver do two doughnuts on the course and nearly tipped the truck into a pond. 

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