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Man charged with stealing vehicle in Newton

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – An erratic driver in Newton has led police to recover a car that was stolen, police said.

On May 23, at 10:54 a.m., police responded to the area of Spring Street for a report of an erratic driver operating a maroon Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, police said.

Officers located the vehicle traveling north on Water Street and stopped the vehicle after the driver allegedly failed to maintain his lane of travel. The driver, who was identified as Christopher Rayfield, 48, of Newton, had a suspended driver’s license, police said.

A further investigation revealed that Rayfield had allegedly stolen the vehicle, which was parked and unoccupied, from a local business in town, police said.

Rayfield was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree theft of moveable property. He was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while suspended and failure to maintain a lane.

Rayfield was released pending an appearance in Sussex County Superior Court.

The vehicle was returned to its owner, 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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