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Man faces DWI, drug charges following traffic stop in Sussex County

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man is facing several charges including driving while intoxicated and possession of drugs following a traffic stop Saturday in Byram Township.

On June 10, an officer observed a vehicle traveling over the double-yellow line on Sparta Road. The officer stopped the vehicle, and while speaking to the driver, who was identified as Aidan M. Bartsch of Newton, the officer felt he may be intoxicated, police said.

Bartsch was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed. He was arrested, and during a subsequent search of his vehicle, quantities of cocaine, Percocet, and Adderall were located along with drug paraphernalia, police said.

Bartsch was transported to the station where he consented to and failed two breath tests, police said.

Bartsch was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of Percocet, possession of Adderall, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, unsealed cannabis container in a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane, failure to keep right, failure to inspect, careless driving and reckless driving. He was released pending a court appearence, 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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