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Department: Prosecutor's Office

Press Release - Plea of James A. Martin

Release Date: February 07, 2020

PRESS RELEASE
 
 
February 6, 2020

     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 5, 2020 by James A. Martin.
 
     Martin, age 53, of Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania, pled guilty to second degree Eluding, third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, fourth degree Driving While Suspended for a Second or Subsequent DWI and to a motor vehicle summons of Driving While Intoxicated.  Sentencing is presently scheduled for March 21, 2020.

     The defendant admitted that in November when Stanhope Police effectuated a motor vehicle stop and pulled him over, he waited until the officer left his patrol vehicle and then took off and sped away at a high rate of speed putting other people in danger. He admitted operating his vehicle erratically, damaging it and eventually he stopped.  He also admitted to being in possession of cocaine, that he was driving while suspended for previous DWIs and was under the influence at the time.  
 
     Martin was represented by Sean Pena, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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