SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police recovered a stolen car when the driver was stopped for speeding on Route 15. On June 30 around 11:15 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley stopped 19-year-old East Orange resident Shaquan Kyle-Knight for driving 93 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police report.
Kyle -Knight told Finley he left his driver’s license at home and only had his New Jersey identification card to show the officer. Further, Kyle-Knight said the car, a maroon Toyota Rav4, was his girlfriend’s and she had the registration, police said.
When Finley asked Kyle-Knight and the passenger, 19-year-old Montclair resident Shyheim Oliver where they were going, Oliver said they were on their way to his grandmother’s house in Hamburg, according to police.
Finley found the temporary license plate on the Toyota was shown to be for an Acura. He found the Toyota had been reported stolen out of Newark on June 25, police said.
Kyle-Knight was also found to have a narcotic prescription that belonged to the owner of the Toyota. Kyle-Knight and Oliver were taken into custody. The Toyota was impounded until Newark police could contact the owner to come retrieve it, according to police.
Both men were taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. Kyle-Knight was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a narcotic prescription drug and numerous motor vehicle violations.
Oliver was charged with receiving stolen property. Because of their prior criminal record the duo was taken to Keogh Dwyer Correctional facility to await their court appearances.