SPARTA, NJ – A Lake Hopatcong man asked his daughter to lie for him to avoid police when his car ran out of gas on the Route 15 Blue Heron ramp. On December 7 around 12:45 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido went to check on a report of a disabled truck and found a red Dodge Ram abandoned on the road, police report.
The officer got in touch with the registered owner, Owen Lennon, 57, to find out what happened. Lennon, who initially told Guido his name was Scott, said his daughter ran out of gas and got a ride home. He later admitted his real name, police say.
Guido had the truck towed. He told Lennon to come to the Sparta Police Department headquarters to show the registration and insurance card so it could be released. Guido found Lennon’s license had been suspended for two traffic warrants; $350 from Jefferson Township and $750 from Randolph Township, police report.
When the officer spoke with the daughter she too initially lied saying she was driving when the truck ran out of gas. She later told the truth, that her father was driving. She admitted her dad had asked her to lie in an effort to avoid being charged with driving with a suspended license. She said she was not going to take the blame for driving because she too had a suspended license, according to police.
The daughter volunteered a statement and provided the police with text messages from her dad, according to police.
Owen Lennon was charged with hindering and providing false information. He was also charged with willfully abandoning a vehicle on a highway, driving while suspended, obstructing the flow of traffic and fictitious plates. Lennon told police he was currently in Washington D.C. and gave no indication of when he would return. He was entered into the system as a wanted person according to police.
Editor's note: Kyra Lennon's traffic ticket in Jefferson has been paid. Her license is not suspended.