By FRANK FERNANDEZ
BUNNELL — A woman who turned a golf cart into a weapon and intentionally ran down and dragged another woman for about 15 yards was sentenced Thursday to three years' probation.
Linda Lee Pearce, 42, of Daytona Beach entered a plea of no contest to felony battery, which could have sent her to prison for up to five years.
Circuit Judge Kim C. Hammond withheld adjudication, meaning the decision won't appear as a conviction on Pearce's record. Hammond also ordered Pearce not to have any contact with the victim and to pay restitution of $6,299 at $175 per month, said Chris Kelly, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office.
The sentence was part of a negotiated plea made in consultation with the victim, Kelly said.
Pearce, who told a psychologist she had anger problems, declined comment when reached by phone Thursday.
"I'm not telling you (expletive deleted)," Pearce said before hanging up.
Pearce was arrested in March after deputies said she intentionally ran over Verna Boylan, 57, near horseshoe pits behind the Roadhouse Bar near Flagler Beach, according to a report from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Boylan was watching horseshoe games on St. Patrick's Day when Pearce, behind the wheel of the golf cart, spotted her. Pearce told a passenger in the cart, "Oh, there's the (expletive) . . . I'm going to run her over, " according to the report.
Boylan said in a phone interview Thursday that she heard Pearce.
"I just looked over 'cause I heard her say that and next thing I know I was already under (the cart)," Boylan said.
She said she feared her life was over.
"I thought that was it," Boylan said. "My head is going under that tire and that's the end of me."
She heard people shouting at Pearce.
"I heard everybody screaming 'stop, stop, stop,' but she wouldn't stop," Boylan said. "She went faster."
After the cart finally stopped, Pearce made her getaway in another golf cart. Deputies later found Pearce "visibly intoxicated" at her home, according to the report.
Boylan was left badly bruised and emotionally battered.
"I couldn't think," she said Thursday. "I was terrified. I still am. But they just told me she can't come near me."
Pearce told a psychologist in August she was angry at Boylan because she had spray-painted Pearce's girlfriend's car, according to a psychological evaluation in the court file.
Boylan denied Thursday, as she has done in the past, that she had anything to do with spray-painting the car. Boylan said she has never had a problem with the woman who owns the car and wouldn't do anything to her.
Pearce told the psychologist she had been doing well on a combination of Xanax, (for anxiety) Zoloft (for depression) and Geodon (for bipolar disorder and other problems) but just before the golf cart incident she no longer could get Geodon, the report states. The medication withdrawal produced agitation, restlessness and anxiety, as well as depression and social avoidance, the report states.
Pearce admitted to having had two or three beers before the incident, the report states.