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2 face charges following traffic stop in Mansfield Twp

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Two Passaic County residents were charged following a traffic stop Monday morning in Mansfield Township.

On Sept. 21, at 9:38 a.m. an officer was on patrol and waiting in a line of traffic at a temporary traffic light/construction zone on Route 57 when the officer observed a vehicle passing the line of cars in the oncoming lane. The driver of that vehicle noticed the police vehicle and swerved back into the line of traffic, police said.

The officer stopped the vehicle and the driver advised he did not have his license with him and he provided a name to the officer which turned up as having warrants and a suspended drivers license, police said.

After being arrested, he admitted to officers that he gave his brothers name instead of his. He was brought back to police headquarters and from fingerprinting, he was identified as Juan L. Cleto Diaz, 25, of Passaic City, police said.

Cleto Diaz was charged with providing false information to law enforcement, improper passing, failure to stay in marked lanes, reckless driving, careless driving and four equipment violations.

His passenger, Katrina R. Bonilla, 25, of Passaic City was charged with hindering apprehension for telling police Cleto Diaz was her brother.

Both were released pending a court appearance.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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