Driver gets stuck on snowbank, arrested

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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SPRINGFIELD, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a driver who was under the influence found his car stuck atop a snowbank when he drove away after deputies showed up.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the intersection of Harmony Lane and Sundown Street, northeast of the intersection of Avenue A and Helmer Road, shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday. A 911 caller said the driver of a car that was running and in gear was unresponsive.

When deputies tried to get the driver’s attention, he apparently threw the car in reverse into a front yard, then accelerated forward toward the dead end of Harmony.

The car hit a snowbank and then the fence surrounding a nearby elementary school. Authorities say the driver tried to take off, but his car was stuck.

Deputies say that when they broke out the side window, they smelled marijuana. They say they found a small amount of pot and whisky containers inside the car. The driver apparently told them he had been drinking the night before.

The man, whose name wasn’t released Friday, was jailed for operating while intoxicated and on a parole violation.

No one was hurt.

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