SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta man was arrested following a tip called into police about a possible drunk driver leaving the Sparta Theatre Center.  On February 17 around midnight Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder found the truck that had been reported, police report.

Snyder, joined by Cpl. Rubino, Police Officer Lippencott and Police Officer Porter, stopped the Ford pickup truck on Stanhope road.  When the Porter spoke with the driver Robert Pauli, 32, he smelled alcohol on his breath, police say.

Pauli was asked to do field sobriety tests but he declined. The officers said they also smelled marijuana in the truck.  The officers searched the truck and found ziplock baggie of marijuana, a metal grinder and a pack of rolling papers, police report.

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Pauli was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for breath testing and processing.  He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended, failure to produce documents, improper display, failure to keep right and careless driving. 

Pauli was reported to have an extensive criminal history, so he was taken to the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility pending a court date.