SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon woman who crashed her car on Route 517, was not injured but was arrested on drug and alcohol charges. On February 11 around 9:17 p.m. Kimberly Castro, 24, was driving north, just past Sparta Middle School when she lost control of the car, hit a snowbank and spun around before coming to a stop on the shoulder, according to Sparta Lt. John Lamon.
Sparta Police Officer Steve Guido arrived to find the driver standing outside her red Mazda, police report. Castro's car had obvious damage and airbags had deployed.
Guido called for the First Aid Squad to assess Castro’s condition. Sparta Sgt. Schomp, Police Officer Lynott and Ogdensburg Police Officer Greene all responded to the scene to provide assistance, police say.
After being examined, Castro refused further medical treatment. Guido had Castro perform field sobriety tests because she was slurring her words and smelled of alcohol. Castro was then taken into custody, police report.
Schomp went to get Castro’s belongings from the car before it was towed and he smelled and saw marijuana in the car. When the officer searched the car he also found a ziplock bag containing marijuana and a multi-colored marijuana pipe, police report.
Castro was brought to the Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. She was breath tested and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated in a school zone and careless driving. She was given a court date and released to a sober adult.