GLOVERSVILLE — The arrival of spring and thawing of Fulton County's ponds wasn't enough to stop one snowmobiler from trying — unsuccessfully — to cross water, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The man, identified by DEC as Francis J. Lang, 50, of Johnstown, was ticketed after sinking his unregistered snowmobile in a Gloversville pond on April 6, according to a DEC law enforcement account released Wednesday.
Environmental Conservation officers said workers at the Universal Warehousing facility on County Route 157 looked out their window that evening to see a snowmobile being operated on the grass in a field on their property. They said the man try to "skip" the snowmobile across an open pond, failed, and the snowmobile started to sink. They said as workers yelled at the man emerging from the water, he got into a pickup truck and sped away.
State police and environmental conservation officers were called, and after the snowmobile was removed from the pond by a towing service, environmental conservation officers discovered the machine was not registered and there was no record of it in New York state.
On April 11, after police spread word of the incident, Lang contacted state police and agreed to meet with a DEC officer to reclaim the snowmobile, according to the DEC.
Lang was issued eight tickets that accuse him of various snowmobile, water quality and trespassing violations, according to the DEC. He will answer the charges in Johnstown Town Court.