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2 charged with obstruction, hindering police

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Two Pennsylvania residents face charges following a traffic stop in Newton.

David Torre, 38, of Tobyhanna was charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, DWI in a school crosswalk, driving while suspended, unlicensed driver, failure to maintain lamps, failure to inspect and driving while intoxicated with child in vehicle.

Jennifer Kaplan, 35, of Tobyhanna was charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction, allowing an intoxicated driver to operate her motor vehicle and allowing a suspended driver to operate a motor vehicle.

On Jan. 5, at 10:24 p.m., an officer stopped a 2004 Jeep Liberty on Water Street for having an inoperable brake light.  The driver, who was later identified as Torre, allegedly provided false information to the officer concerning his true identity, Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn said.

A passenger, who was identified as Kaplan, allegedly provided the same false name for the driver indicating that he was her brother, Osborn said.

A police investigation revealed Torre’s actual identity and that he was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with a minor backseat passenger in the vehicle.  Torre also had an outstanding warrant out of Andover Twp. Municipal Court, Osborn said.

Torre was lodged in the Sussex County Jail.  Kaplan was released after being served with a complaint.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy Newton Police Department)