SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man is facing DWI and drug charges after being stopped for erratic driving. On May 11 Sparta police received a call from an off-duty officer from another town, reporting he was following a 1999 Lexus SUV that could not stay in the lane. Further, the officer reported the driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel at a traffic light in Jefferson and hit the curb when exiting Route 15 at Sparta Junction.
Around 5 p.m. Sparta Police officer Erick Finley stopped 25-year-old David Jaekel. When Finley spoke with the Newton resident the officer suspected he was under the influence of a drug. Finley had Jaekel perform field sobriety tests and then took him into custody.
Jaekel was transported to Sparta Township Police Department headquarters for processing. A Drug Recognition Expert also evaluated Jaekel and determined he was under the influence of a narcotic.
Jaekel was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also ticked for DWI, careless driving, throwing debris from a motor vehicle.
Jaekel was released several hours later to a sober adult pending a court date.
Sparta Police Cpl. Craig Grauerholz, Cpl. Dan Elig and Det. Samantha Schilling from the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.