SPARTA, N J - Three people ended up facing charges after the car they were in was stopped because the license plate lights were not working. On January 20, around 11 p.m. Sparta police officer Steve Guido and Cpl. Rob Fraser stopped a 2000 Chevy after it drove past them on Route 15 without properly functioning lights, police report.
The driver, Walter Griffith III of Dingmans Ferry told the officer that he did not have a valid drivers license. While talking with Griffith, officers saw suspicious items in the car that could be used as drug paraphernalia, police report.
The driver and the two female passengers were asked to get out of the car so it could be searched. Officers found a hypodermic syringe in the back seat. The back seat passenger Gianna Rose claimed ownership of the syringe and was found to have another syringe hidden in her possession. The 20-year-old Dingmans Ferry resident was taken into custody, according to police.
The front seat passenger Ernalee Abramowski, 49, also of Dingmans Ferry, was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest from Frankford Township Court. She was also taken into custody.
They were transported to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing.
Griffith was issues summonses for failure to possess a drivers license, driving without a license, maintenance of lamps. He was released pending a court date.
Rose was charged with possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.
Abramowski was released on her own recognizance pending a new court date in Frankford Township Court.