SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police had a mystery to solve on August 11 when they were called to investigate an abandon car in the middle of the road at the intersection near Blue Heron and Route 181.  It was around 10 a.m. when Cpl. Marc Rubino and Police Officer Timothy Lynott arrived at the car and could not find the driver, according to police.

The Nissan Maxima had Pennsylvania license plates but they were found to be fake and the car was unregistered.  The car was towed and impounded, police report.

Rubino eventually found the 27-year-old driver Michael Papetti of Hackensack.  In a phone conversation, Papetti told police the car had broken down and, rather than call police or get the car towed, he called a friend to give him a ride to Pennsylvania, leaving the car in the road, police report.

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Police also found Papetti’s license to be suspended in New York.  Pappetti was to be mailed several tickets for abandonment of a motor vehicle, obstructing passage of other vehicles, fictitious plates, unregistered motor vehicle, unlicensed driver and improper safety glass.

Papetti was given a court date as well.