SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the CVS at Sparta Theater Center to investigate reports of a man screaming at another driver in the drive-thru on Feb 29. When Police Officer Arlene Lippencott arrived at the CVS at approximately 5 p.m. she was told that the driver of a 2010 Subaru had nearly struck the car in front of him in the drive- thru lane and then began screaming obscenities at him from his vehicle, according to police.
The Subaru driver was 63 year-old Roger Gates of Newton. He had nearly hit the car in front of him when entering the drive thru lane. Gates then started screaming at the person driving the vehicle in front of him. At that point someone from CVS called 911.
After speaking with the Newton resident, PO Lippencott determined Gates may be under the influence of alcohol. She had Gates perform a series of Field Sobriety tests which he failed. Gates was then arrested for DWI. He was transported to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing.
Gates was charged with DWI, Careless Driving, Failure to Possess a Driver’s License.
He was released several hours to a sober adult.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.