Pair Had Pot in Car, Crashed into Guide Rail, Cops Say

Hopatcong man resisted arrest when being questioned, police report.

A pair of 23-year-olds were arrested for drug possession after Hopatcong officers found them driving in a car wrecked from a crash, Chief Robert Brennan said.

Joshua Sisson, of Budd Lake, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, possession of controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brian Kunz, of Hopatcong, was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

At 3:30 a.m. Friday, Officer Gerald Mancuso saw a vehicle driving with extensive front-end damage and smoke coming from the car, Brennan said. Mancuso stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Sisson, who gave conflicting stories of how the car was damaged, Brennan said.

During the conversation, the passenger, Kunz, was seen shifting around in his seat and “appeared to be hiding something,” Brennan said. Sgt. Joseph Magrini noticed Kunz was using his feet to cover several bags of marijuana, Brennan said.

When he was ordered to get out of the vehicle, Kunz refused and needed to be taken out by the officers, Brennan said. Officers then found several bags of marijuana, a pipe and a grinder laying on the floor, Brennan said.

An investigation also showed the vehicle had hit a guide rail at the intersection of Lakeside Avenue and Allendale Road in Hopatcong, where the car’s bumper and license plate were still at the scene, Brennan said.

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Gary February 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Yes, let's legalize pot. As we can see in the news with all of the accidents that are caused while the driver is under the influence of marijuana, it is a safe recreational drug! Sure....
Karen Mathison February 16, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Gotta Love finding the matching bumper and plate! Kudos!
Tammy February 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Gary-The driver was not charged with DUI therefore I doubt he was driving under the influence of marijuana. The drug business is very lucrative these days and the dealer that does not use makes the most money. His passenger was more likely a customer than a friend. What I don't understand is since there were "serveral bags of marijuana" why there is no charge of intent to distribute.


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