SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of Brooklyn asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Audi against a tree, police said.

Lindland had struck a telephone pole and a mailbox before going off the road, police report. 

Sparta Ambulance arrived to check Lindland though he denied being injured.  The officers smelled alcohol on Lindland’s breath.  Lindland admitted to drinking wine, police report.

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Lindland was taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing but he refused to give a breath sample, according to police.  Lindland was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath test, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, failure to keep right, failure to maintain a lane, failure to report an accident and reckless driving.

Linkland was brought to Newton Hospital after telling officers he wanted to kill himself and asked the officers to shoot him, police said.