NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man pled guilty to two crimes when he went before Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on June 15.

Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced that Joseph Hoffman, 68, Newton pled guilty to eluding and possession of CDS, along with driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving. 

According to Koch, Hoffman admitted that on November 2, 2019, he bought fentanyl that he believed to be heroin.  Hoffman then consumed both alcohol and fentanyl and drove his car.  When he was driving under the influence, he was driving recklessly and speeding. 

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While driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Hoffman failed to stop when New Jersey State Police tried to pull him over using lights and sirens.  This lead to a pursuit, resulting in a one-car accident, according to Koch.

The case was investigated by Trooper Kraljevich of the New Jersey State Police and sentencing is currently anticipated for Wednesday, July 22.