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Sparta Man Sleeping at Green Light, Awakens to Drug Charges, Police Say

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Credits: Jennifer Dericks
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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man who fell asleep at a traffic light on Sparta Avenue, caught the attention of Sparta police, ended up facing drug charges.  On October 26 at 12:15 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder saw Christopher Mattessich’s car did not move when the red light changed to green.

Snyder saw Mattessich, 26, had his head resting on the driver’s side window and  appeared to be asleep.  Mattessich began to drive as Snyder pulled behind him.  The officer stopped Mattessich on Main Street, police report.

Police say Mattessich was very lethargic and moved very slowly and clumsily when he was asked to get his documents.  Sparta Sgt. Carberry and Cpl. Pridham arrived to provide assistance as Mattessich was given a field sobriety test.

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Pridham saw an orange needle cap on the driver’s seat.  When asked about the cap, Mattessich said he used to do heroin a couple of years ago but had quit.  He said he has friends that still dabble in heroin and they had been in his car, police report.

Mattessich did not consent for his car to be searched so police called the Sussex County Sherriff’s Department.  The K-9 was used to search the car.  The sheriff’s dog Kilo alerted to drugs in the car, police say. 

The police then found six wax folds containing heroin, seven empty wax folds, a plastic container with marijuana, an empty Suboxone wrapper, a cigarette with the cotton filter removed, a multi-colored marijuana pipe, a glass pipe and a hypodermic syringe, according to police.

Mattessich was taken to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing.  He was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, careless driving, obstruction passageof other vehicles, possession of heroin, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Mattessich was released with a court date.

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