Sparta Blotter, Oct 3 issue

25 Sep 2019 | 02:38


    On 9/20/2019 at approximately 10:30 pm, Sparta Dispatch received a call from a motorist stating that a blue Ford F350 pickup could not maintain its’ lane and had just struck a curb on Rt. 15 north. Patrols responded to the area and the vehicle was stopped by P.O. Chris Favaro. The driver, 35 yr old Guillermo Silva of Andover, NJ, was asked to step out of his vehicle to perform Field Sobriety tests. After Completion of the tests, Mr. Silva was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to Sparta Police HQ for processing. After the administration of breath testing, Mr. Silva was charged with: Failure to Maintain Lane, Careless Driving, Maintenance of Lamps and DWI. He was advised of a mandatory court appearance and released to a sober adult.


    On 9/23/2019 at approximately 9:30 pm, P.O. Arlene Lippencott was patrolling RT 181, in the area of Mara Blvd, when she observed a black Ford that was off of the road and into a telephone pole. She observed a male, 54 yr old James Duva of Parsippany, NJ, sitting in the vehicle, trying to get it to start. When Officer Lippencott asked what happened, Mr. Duva stated that he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Officer Lippencott suspected that Mr. Duva was intoxicated and asked him to step out of his vehicle to perform Field Sobriety tests. Upon completion of the testing, Mr. Duva was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to Sparta Police HQ for processing. Vehicle was removed from the woods and impounded. After completion of breath testing, Mr. Duva was charged with: Driving While Suspended, Careless Driving, Unlicensed Driver and a criminal charge for operating his vehicle with a suspended license for a prior dwi. Two warrants were located out of Parsippany ($500) and Sparta ($680). Mr. Duva was given new court dates for the warrants and advised of a mandatory court appearance. Mr. Duva complained that his shoulder hurt and requested to be transported to Newton Hospital. His son met patrols at the hospital and Mr. Duva was released to him.


    On 9/25/2019 at approximately 11:45 pm, P.O. Michael Poon observed a red Jeep, travelling south on Woodport Road, fail to maintain its’ lane. As Officer Poon got behind the vehicle on Stanhope Road, the vehicle suddenly pulled off onto the shoulder and activated its’ hazard lights. Officer Poon approached the Jeep and observed two occupants within the vehicle. He asked the driver, 35 yr old Jessica Strnatko of Millington, NJ, if there was a problem and she replied that she was following her GPS and did not want to be her phone while driving. Ms. Strnatko was unable to produce a driver’s license and a check on her license revealed her license to be suspended. Her passenger, 38 yr old Stephanie Moore of Lafayette, NJ, provided her name and stated that she did not have any I.D. A check on Ms. Moore’s name revealed active warrants from Nutley ($1,550), Saddle Brook ($750) and Hopatcong ($1,000). Ms. Strnatko was issued a summons for Driving While Suspended and allowed to make arrangements for a valid driver to pickup her vehicle. Ms. Moore was placed under arrest and was found to have illegal prescription pills and marijuana on her person. She was transported to Sparta Police HQ to be processed. Ms. Moore was charged with: Poss. of a Controlled Substance and Poss. of Marijuana. Her charges were placed on a warrant due to her past criminal history. She was transported to the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility and turned over to facility personnel.