SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man is facing numerous charges including driving while intoxicated after someone called Sparta police to report an erratic driver.  Sparta Police Officer Steve Guido went to look for the vehicle described by the caller in the area of Stanhope Road and Green Tree Village on April 5 around 7:50 p.m. according to police. 

Guido found the 2013 white Ford parked in the road on Canterbury Drive.  When Guido spoke with the driver, Michael LaRose, he suspected LaRose was intoxicated.  Guido had the 72-year-old perform field sobriety tests and took him into custody, according to police.

LaRose was brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing.  LaRosa, however, refused to submit a breath sample, police report. 

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LaRosa was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to breath tests, consumption of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle, open container in a motor vehicle, failure to notify Motor Vehicle Commission of address change, failure to possess insurance card and failure to possess registration card. 

La Rosa was released to a sober adult several hours later pending a court date.  Sparta Cpl. Dan Elig assisted with the investigation.