SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop for tailgating on Route 15 led to trouble for several people in the car. On February 10 around 9:15 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped a tan Toyota with five occupants, police said.
The driver, Liberty, New York resident Stephen Lyons, 30 admitted having a suspended license because of a warrant, police said.
The back seat passengers were not wearing seatbelts. When checking their identification, Herd found one of them, Monticello, New York resident Jessica Kelly, had a warrant out of Sparta, police said.
Herd saw a number of things associated with drug use in the car including wax folds typically used to hold heroin, metal rod, glass pipes and Chore Boy scouring pads used to smoke crack. Lyons said the paraphernalia was his, police said.
Lyons and Kelly were taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing.
Kelly posted a 10% option on her warrant, was given a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt and released with a court date.
Lyons was charged with tailgating, failure to display documents, driving while suspended, unlicensed, maintenance of lamps. He was given a court date and released.