Man charged with DWI after crash in Sparta Twp.
SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A 36-year-old Pennsylvania man faces several charges after he allegedly crashed his car Tuesday night in Sparta Township.
Osei Long of Hazelton was charged with driving while intoxicated, suspended license, unlicensed driver, failure to keep right and failure to report an accident.
On March 31, at around 9:00 p.m., police responded to the area of Woodport Road and Signal Hill Trail for a report of a single-vehicle crash, police said.
A silver Kia Spectra was travelling south on Woodport Road and left the roadway striking a traffic sign and coming to rest on an embankment, police said.
The officer approached the vehicle and was met by a male, who was identifed as Long, who immediately stated that he was not the driver. He stated to police that the driver “Tay” left the scene on foot to get help and that he was just trying to get the car off of the embankment.
While Long was speaking, the officer detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. He was very antagonistic and confrontational and would not provide any information about the alleged driver of the vehicle, police said.
Field sobriety tests were administered and Long was then arrested for DWI. A search of the area by other patrol units resulted in negative contact with anyone who may have left the scene, police said.
Long was charged and then advised of a mandatory court appearance. He did finally admit that there was no other person in the vehicle when he crashed, police said.