SPARTA, NJ- Sparta police responded to a call about a driver passed out behind the wheel in the parking lot of the LukOil gas station on Glen Road. When they arrived, however, they only found two men standing outside of a landscaping trailer, police report.
Neither of the men said they had made the 911 call on Friday, June 10 at 10:15 a.m. police said.
Sparta Cpl Craig Grauerholz investigated and found that the driver, 27 year-old Paul Ader, had passed out behind the wheel while driving down Glen Road nearly causing an accident police said.
The other passenger in the car called their boss about Ader passing out. The boss in turn called 911 according to police. After speaking with the driver, Grauerholz suspected he may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol police said.
Grauerholz administered a series of field sobriety tests to Ader. Ader, a Hackettstown resident, was then taken into custody and brought to the Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing, according to police.
When at the police headquarters, Ader was also interviewed by a drug recognition expert who also performed sobriety tests. It was determined that Ader was also under the influence of narcotics, police report.
Ader was charged with driving while Intoxicated and careless driving. He was released to a sober adult pending a court date.
Sgt Joseph Pensado, Police Officer Dan Elig and Det Michael Masters from Hardyston Police Department assisted with this investigation.