SPARTA, NJ - A Newark resident is facing several charges related to a traffic stop on Route 15 on January 25. According to police around 9:12 p.m. someone had called the Sparta Police Department reporting an erratic driver in a white Honda with Pennsylvania license plates.
Sparta Police Cpl. Tom Herd and Cpl. Rob Fraser saw the car get off at Sparta Junction. As they watched, they saw that driver had difficulty staying in the lane, according to police.
When the officers put their lights on in an effort to stop the Honda, the car slowed but did not stop. The driver, 41-year-old Miguel Tirado finally stopped as they entered Ogdensburg, according to police.
When Fraser spoke with Tirado the officer suspected the driver to be intoxicated. Triado performed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. He was taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for breath testing and processing.
Tirado refused breath testing. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath test, DWI in a school zone, careless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to notify of change of address on license, failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.
Tirado was released to several hours later to a sober adult pending a court date.
Sparta Police Officers Chris Favaro and Taylor May, along with Sgt. Steve Davis from the Ogdensburg Police Department assisted in the investigation