SPARTA, NJ - A Netcong man was charged with giving false information after a traffic stop.  Sparta Police Officer Steve Guido pulled over a 1997 Dodge at 1:15 a.m. on March 3, because the license plate light was not working according to police.

When he approached the car, the passenger flicked cigarette ashes out of the window, landing on Guido.  The passenger told Guido he did not have any identification but that his name was Nicholas Mandeville, police report. 

When Guido checked, he found an outstanding warrant from Rockaway Township.  He took Mandeville into custody and brought him to Sparta Police Department headquarters.  While being processed Mandeville admitted that he was really Michael Mandeville and that Nicholas was really his brother.

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Michael Mandeville had two outstanding warrants $500 from Roxbury and $448 from Hackettstown, police report.  Michael Mandeville was released on his own recognizance on the warrants but was charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer.  He was held in the Sussex County Jail on the charge, pending a court date. 

The driver of the dodge was not identified by police but was given a ticket for manitenance of lamps and released at the scene.