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Sparta Police: Newton Man Tries to Fool Ex-Classmate Officer, Faces Charges

Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton man is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop on March 5.  Around 11:26 a.m. police officer Steven Guido stopped a red Jeep Cherokee for an obstructed license plate, police report.

The driver told the officer his name was Andrew Nagel.  Guido knew this was not true because he recognized Nagel as a former high school classmate.  Nagel confirmed his real name was Shawn when confronted by Guido, police say.

Nagel said he gave a fake name and birthday because he was not sure if his license was valid.  When the officer had Nagel’s identification checked it did come back as suspended.  Additionally, Nagel had several outstanding warrants out of Paterson, police say.

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Sparta Sgt. Schomp and Cpl. Antonello arrived to assist as Nagel was placed under arrest and the car was searched.  The search yielded drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes.  Front seat passenger Christine Cantagallo, 27, of Lafayette was also taken into custody, police report.

The third passenger was released from the scene.

Cantagallo and Nagel were brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. 

Nagel was charged with unclear plates, failure to posses a driver’s license, driving while suspended, hindering his own apprehension. Possession of hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Paterson Police Department send a new court date for their warrants.  Nagel was given a court date in Sparta and released.

Cantagallo was charged with possession of hypodermic needle, drug paraphernalia, given a court date and released.

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