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If you didn’t already know, driving any type of vehicle intoxicated – even a golf cart – can leave you with a DWI.

A warning when it comes to the dangers and consequences of driving non-traditional vehicles while intoxicated.

This comes after a woman fell out of a golf cart in the Dominion neighborhood last week and died. That woman has been identified as 61-year-old Elsa Rapanotti. Investigators say 53-year-old Mark Utterback was driving the golf cart intoxicated when she fell out. Utterback has been charged with intoxication and manslaughter.

AAA says it does not matter the type of vehicle, whether it’s on a private or public road, or how far the trip is if you are impaired, and you drive you are going to face consequences.

“It doesn’t have to be a car, it could be a golf cart, it could be a go-kart if it’s on a public space, and you’re under the influence you can be charged with, of course driving while intoxicated. And of course, if you injure or harm someone, then those charges could be elevated,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas.