An Upstate New York driver is out a lot of money for trying to hike with a MINI Cooper on state grounds.

On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its Forest Rangers - Week in Review. This week's review was highlighted by a humongous illegal snake and someone who got a bright red MINI Cooper stuck while hiking in Upstate New York.

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On Feb. 12, DEC officials were told about a motor vehicle abandoned in the woods, about one-half mile from the Albany Pine Bush Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead.

Forest Ranger Mitchell and the Albany Police Department responded and found a bright red MINI Cooper stuck on the hiking trail.

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Officials believe someone drove the MINI through the split rail fence at the trailhead, drove down the hiking trail, and then got stuck.

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The driver was identified as a 42-year-old from Troy, New York. The Troy resident was ticketed for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Albany Pine Bush Preserve lands.

The Albany Police Department also issued the driver a number of vehicle and traffic tickets.

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The vehicle was not operational and was towed out of the woods at the owner's expense.

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