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Maple Leafs scout charged with taking stolen golf cart from Darien Lake on drunken joyride

Ian L. Hofford (Provided by Genesee County Sheriff's Office)

DARIEN CENTER — A scout with the Toronto Maple Leafs was arrested over the weekend after deputies say he got drunk, stole a golf cart at Darien Lake, hit another vehicle and left the scene of the accident, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

The chain of events took place at 9993 Alleghany Road in Darien Center. Deputies say Ian Lindsay Hofford, 53, of Nobleton, Ont., took the cart at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

A Sheriff's Office statement doesn't say where on the grounds the incident took place. The theme park closed at 10 p.m., but the park has a campground and the band Green Day brought its "Revolution Radio Tour" to the adjoining amphitheater that night.

Charges include driving while intoxicated, unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner's consent, leaving the scene of an accident, making an unsafe lane change and refusing to take a breath test. Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr. on Monday declined through an aide to provide additional information on what led to the charges.

Hofford was arraigned Sunday afternoon in Darien Town Court. He is due to reappear in court on Sept. 21.

Hofford, who goes by Lindsay, is the director of Eastern Area Scouting for the Maple Leafs and is the founder and CEO of the Pro Hockey Development Group. He declined comment and said he planned to let his lawyer handle the matter when a News reporter called the number listed for Hofford on the company's website Sunday night.

A Maple Leafs spokesman issued this statement to The News on Monday: “The Toronto Maple Leafs are aware of the charges against Lindsay Hofford. The club will have no further comment at this time.”

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