Paragraph 20 reads: “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
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.
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.
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
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
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
“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.
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