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:
- 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.