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Inoperable brake light leads to DWI arrest in Sussex County

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A motorist who was seen driving with an inoperable brake light on his vehicle is facing several motor vehicle charges including driving while intoxicated, according to Byram Township Police.

On September 3, an officer observed a vehicle with an inoperable brake light traveling on Route 206. After driving behind the vehicle on Tamarack Road, the officer observed the vehicle failed to keep right and failed to maintain its lane, police said.

The officer then stopped the vehicle and while the officer was speaking to the driver, identified as Samuel Hernandez Yepes of Newton, the officer felt Hernandez Yepes was intoxicated, police said.

Hernandez Yepes was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was then arrested and transported to the police station where he consented and failed two breath tests, police said.

Hernandez Yepes was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to keep right, and maintenance of lamps. He was then released to a friend pending a court apperneace, police said.

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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