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Police say Mark Gonsky had no insurance card, claimed he had to shift with cane.

Last updated: May 02. 2013 11:51PM - 10028 Views
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Wright Township police escort Mark Gonsky from magisterial district court in Hanover Township, where he was arraigned on drunken-driving charges Thursday morning.
Wright Township police escort Mark Gonsky from magisterial district court in Hanover Township, where he was arraigned on drunken-driving charges Thursday morning.
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HANOVER TWP. — A physician from Mountain Top was arraigned Thursday on evidence of drunken driving after Wright Township police allege he was intoxicated when driving an all-terrain vehicle after going grocery shopping.


Mark Anthony Gonsky, 60, of Loop Road, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count each of unlawful operation of ATV in a careless way, operating an ATV without insurance and operating an ATV on public streets. He was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Wright Township police said Gonsky was seen leaving Weis Market on South Mountain Boulevard on an ATV on April 29. Gonsky stopped in front of a bank and told police he was doing nothing wrong.


Police said Gonsky produced his driver’s license but was unable to provide an insurance card for the ATV.


Gonsky stated that he drove the ATV to the grocery store because he is unable to ride a bicycle and has a difficult time getting into and out of a vehicle. He said he was using a cane to shift the ATV due to a medical condition that affects both of his legs from a previous accident, the complaint says.


Police allege in the complaint Gonsky displayed signs of intoxication. He was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, where a blood test showed an alcohol level of .189 percent.


In an unrelated incident, Gonsky waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, sending charges of reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct to Luzerne County Court.


Those charges allege Gonsky threatened Fairview Township police Sgt. Dennis Monk on Feb. 24, according to court records.


A preliminary hearing on the DUI charge is scheduled on May 8.


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