SPARTA, NJ- A man from Hazelton, Pennsylvania is facing drunk driving charges after crashing into a street sign and rolling into an embankment. On March 31, Officer Brian Porter found Osei Long, 36, in a silver Kia Spectra off the side of Woodport Road near Signal Hill Trail, police said.
Porter had responded to a report of a one car accident. Long claimed he was not the driver. Long claimed the driver “Tay” had left to go get help and that he was just trying to get the car back on the road, police said.
As Porter spoke with Long the officer smelled alcohol on Long’s breath. According to the Porter Long became antagonistic and confrontational and would not give the officer any details about the alleged other driver, police said.
Porter had Long perform field sobriety tests and then took him into custody and brought him to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing.
Other officers searched the area but could not find anyone that had left the scene of the accident police said.
After completing the breath test paperwork, Long was charged with DWI, suspended license, unlicensed driver, failure to keep right, failure to report an accident. After being processed and given a court date Long admitted there was no other driver involved, police said.
Long could not contact a sober adult to drive him home so he remained in a holding cell until he could safely be released, police said.