SPARTA, N J – While off-duty, a Sparta Police officer saw a vehicle driving erratically on Route 15.  Officer Taylor May saw a 2010 Nissan having difficulty staying in the lane of travel and nearly sideswipe several other vehicles, on Feb 18 at 9:53 p.m. according to police.

Police Officer May contacted Police Officer Tom Snyder who was on duty patrolling Route 15.  PO Snyder saw the vehicle in question on Route 15 near Houses Corner Road.  He pulled the driver over. 

When approaching the driver PO Snyder observed a hypodermic needle on his lap.  The driver Lance Beckman also had “several empty wax folds used to hold heroin” in the center console, police report.  The 28 year-old Sparta resident was suspected to be “under the influence.”

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PO Snyder had Beckman perform a series of Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed.  Beckman was then placed under arrest for DWI and drug possession.  He was transported to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing.

At headquarters Beckman was tested by a Certified Drug Recognition Expert.

Beckman was charged with DWI, Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle, Careless Driving, Failure to Inspect, racked Windshield, Disregard of a Traffic Control Device, Improper Turn and Failure to Keep Right. 

Beckman was also charged criminally with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Prescription Legend Drug, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Police Officer Kraus from the Hopatcong Police Department assisted with the investigation.

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