SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was picked up on active warrants, despite trying to deceive police by using his brother’s name. On February 18 around 2:45 a.m. Sparta Cpl. Marc Rubino saw a white Chevy drive through a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Woodport Road, police say.
When Rubino stopped the truck the driver said he had left his wallet with his identification at home. He told Rubino his name was Eric Stoeckel, Jr. Sparta dispatch got Rubino information that the name and the photo did not match, police say.
The driver said his real name was Jassan Stoeckel and admitted Eric was his brother. Stoeckel had two active warrants out of Clifton. His driver’s license was suspended, so he was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters, police reported.
Stoeckel was charged with hindering his own apprehension, driving while suspended, failure to stop at a red light and failure to report a driver’s license. Clifton was contacted and he was given new court dates and released.