EASTLAKE -- Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Just after 9 p.m. Wednesday, police officers responded to a one-car accident in front of the daycare center at 36100 Portage Drive.

A Ford truck was wedged in the ditch/drainage area on the side of the road.

According to witnesses, the driver of the truck, Cornelius Valentyn, 41, of Eastlake, had swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle, landing in the ditch in front of the business.

Valentyn attempted to accelerate rapidly, resulting in the truck digging deeper in the sewage area of the ditch.

The other vehicle did not stop nor was it located.

Valentyn was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, a felony if found guilty, due to five prior DUI convictions.

He refused a breath test and was taken to Lake West Hospital for a mandatory blood draw.

He was arraigned Thursday in Willoughby Municipal Court and his preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 19.

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