SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man was stopped on Glen Road for a broken taillight was arrested on several charges. On Sept 16, Sparta police officer Cpl Adam Carbery stopped a 2004 Volkswagon after the driver did not signal a turn at a stop sign, crossed the double yellow line a number of times and had a broken taillight, Sparta police said.

According to Sparta police, the driver, Hipolito Rivas appeared to Cpl Carbery to be drunk.  Cpl Carbery had the 54 year-old Newton resident perform field sobriety tests, which Hipolito failed. 

Rivas was taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters to be processed and breath tested.  Police said Rivas was charged with:

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  • DWI,
  • Failure to Maintain Lane,
  • Driving While Suspended,
  • Uninsured Motor Vehicle,
  • Expired Registration,
  • Maintenance of Lamps,
  • Failure to Update Address on Driver’s License,
  • Suspended Registration,
  • Careless Driving,
  • Failure to Use Turn Signal,
  • Failure to Surrender Suspended Driver;s License.

He was released several hours later to a sober adult pending a court date.  

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.