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Morris County man sentenced for driving while suspended, DWI

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) -A Morris County man haas been sentenced for operating a motor vehicle during license suspension, and driving while intoxicated, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Wagner E. Brown, 45, of Wharton Borough was sentenced on April 28 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.

Brown previously pled guilty to fourth-degree driving while suspended and driving while intoxicated a motor vehicle offense on March 3, Taggart said.

As a result of the plea, Brown was sentenced to 365 days New Jersey State Prison on the driving while suspended charge along with a concurrent 180 day term of incarceration on the DWI, Taggart said.

He will be required to submit a DNA sample and pay all fines and fees ordered by the court for both the driving while suspended and the DWI. Further penalties on the DWI include an eight years loss of license, an interlock required for ten years, and submission to the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center to determine the required level of treatment for Brown, Taggart said.

In pleading guilty, Brown admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol while also driving during the suspension period of a second or subsequent DWI, Taggart said.

Brown was represented by Jason Steinberg, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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