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Police: Sparta Man's Plan to Leave State with Child Thwarted

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was attempting to leave the state with his son, in violation of a court order, when he was caught speeding and drunken driving, said police.

The man, Linton Mohammed, 43, was arrested after being stopped for speeding near the Helen Morgan school on March 3, said police. They said Sparta Police Sgt. Jeff Mase was “running radar on Stanhope Road” shortly before 10 a.m. when he determined Mohammed was speeding.

After stopping Mohammed, Mase suspected the man was under the influence of alcohol, police said. The sergeant turned over the investigation to Sparta Police Officer Taylor May, who perform a series of field sobriety tests that Mohammed failed to pass, said police.

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Mohammed’s 4-year-old son was in the back seat of the car, said police, noting they were aware there was a temporary restraining order in place against Mohammed that barred from having contact with this child. Police said they determined Mohammed was planning to drive to Florida with the boy when he was stopped. 

Mohammed was charged with driving while intoxicated with a minor child in the car, interference of custody, contempt of court. Additionally, Mohammad was issued motor vehicle summonses for DWI, speeding, careless driving, failure to keep right and failure to wear a seatbelt, said police. He was taken to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail pending a court date.

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