On Feb. 3, 2020 at approximately 11:30 am, Sparta Police responded to the area of Stanhope Road and Hilltop Trail for a report of roll-over.
Police state that when Sparta Patrol Officer Erick Finley arrived on scene he saw a black Honda CR-V on its side with a driver trapped inside. Officer Finley requested an ambulance and fire truck.
A witness on scene stated that he looked in his rear view mirror and observed the CR-V veer into the opposite lane of travel and back again before going off of the roadway, police stated. While assessing the driver, 36-year-old Margaret Sweeny of Sparta, it was determined that she had been consuming alcoholic beverages in her vehicle prior to the crash, according to police.
The Sparta Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extract Sweeny from the vehicle. She was transported to Morristown Hospital via helicopter due to the severity of the crash and possible head or internal injuries, police stated. Subsequent investigation led to Sweeny being charged with: DWI, Open Container in MV, Reckless Driving, Failure to Keep Right and Delaying Traffic. Sweeny was treated and released from Morristown and was served her paperwork on the following day, police said, and advised of a mandatory court appearance.