SPARTA, NJ – Police responded to a call of a car having crashed into a snow bank on Glen Road.  Sparta Police Officer Arlene Lippencott went to the scene of the accident near Upper Glen Lake Road on Jan 26 at 1 p.m.  While on the way, PO Lippencott was advised that the driver of the 2008 Honda had been transported to the LukOil gas station on Glen Road, police report.

When PO Lippencott met with the driver William Breeden he claimed to have hit a patch of black ice, lost control of his vehicle and struck the snow bank.  The 68 year-old Sparta resident appeared to the officer to be intoxicated. 

Breeden told the officer he was not able to perform any Field Sobriety Tests because of “old injuries” according to police. 

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Breeden was arrested for DWI and an open bottle of vodka was discovered in his sock when he was searched.  He was taken to the Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing. 

He was charged with DWI, Careless Driving, Failure to Keep Right, Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.  He was released several hours later to a sober adult pending a court date.

The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.