CLINTON TOWNSHIP - PA State Police, Honesdale, reported taking a DUI suspect in custody, after he had become stuck in the entrance of a snowmobile trail.

He was driving a 1999 Chrysler Town Country mini-van, when he became mired in snow, Sunday evening March 19, in Clinton Township.

The suspect, a 57-year old man from Clifton, Pa., had gone off the road on SR 296 north of Waymart and south of SR 247, when he collided with a  snow bank.

At 7:14 p.m., a witness contacted State Police stating that the man in the mini-van asked him to pull him out. The witness, however, believed the driver was very intoxicated and he did nor feel it was safe to pull him out, police related. The mini-van was partly off the road and down the entrance of a snowmobile trail.

Trooper Jamison Warner said that upon approaching the vehicle, the mini-van driver was seen putting chewing gum in how mouth, When advised that it would not help him as the alcohol on his breath could be smelled, the driver related that he knew the he had “messed up.”

After summoning a tow truck the driver was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. He was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for a blood test but he refused to take the test. The suspected was released to family members.

Charges for Driving Under the Influence, Driving While License Suspended (DUI) and a lane violation were to be filed with District Court. (The suspect’s name is not identified here beaches charges had not actually been filed at the time.)