Man Sentenced for Driving Stolen Golf Cart on Airport Runway

Robert Gallegos was sentenced to 48 months of probation today for stealing an airport golf cart
and wreaking havoc on the runway at Page Field RSW Airport in Fort Myers. Gallegos pled no
contest to one count each of; Grand Theft, Trespassing/Violate Designated Operational Area of
Airport, Criminal Mischief $1,000 or More and Resisting without Violence.

Earlier this year, in June, Gallegos stole a golf cart belonging to the airport and went on a joy
ride. He drove it onto the runway which prevented a plane from being able to land. The plane
had to do another lap until it was safe to land. Gallegos crashed the golf cart and took off
running. He ran to a nearby party store at Page Field Commons and was captured inside by law
enforcement who had to use a taser to get him under control. Lee County Port Authority Police
and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office handled the incident.

As a condition of his probation the defendant must do an 18 month residential drug treatment
program and a substance abuse evaluation with follow up treatment. He must also stay away
from the airport and pay restitution.

Assistant State Attorney Olivia Ferrell handled today’s plea.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office