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Golfer Mistaken For Clown Charged With DWI In NY

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James Straub was charged with alleged DWI. His golf clothing was mistaken for a clown's outfit by witnesses who called Batavia (N.Y) police. | Genesee County Jail

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP/ The Huffington Post) -- The fashion police couldn't arrest him, but a man mistaken for a clown still got in trouble with the law.

A Massachusetts man whose colorful golf attire was briefly mistaken for a clown outfit has been charged in New York with driving a golf cart while drunk.

The Genesee County sheriff says they got a report that someone dressed as a clown was operating a stolen golf cart in the western New York town of Batavia on Sunday night. Deputies found 37-year-old James Straub, of Stoneham, Mass., driving along a road.

He wasn't dressed as a clown -- just wearing some colorful clothing after an outing at Terry Hills Golf Course. But deputies say he was intoxicated.

Straub pleaded not guilty in town court to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and a lesser charge of refusing to take a breath test. He didn't have a lawyer at his initial appearance.

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