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Indian Origin Man Arrested, Lied About Job to Avoid Tickets


PARLIN, NJ- A Parlin man who was pulled over by police Sunday and is now facing a cocaine possession charge in Lyndhurst said he lied when he told authorities he was a neurologist in a hurry to get to work so he would get out of receiving tickets.

Vikas Patel, 36, faces several charges including possession of cocaine, operating an unregistered vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, township Detective Sgt. Vincent Auteri said in a statement.

Patel was stopped by township Police Officer Chris Cuneo on Rutherford Avenue at 1:08 a.m., Auteri said. He was driving a two-door BMW with dark tinted windows, which was discovered to have an expired registration.

“Officer Cuneo then stopped the vehicle and, during the course of his investigation, he found Patel to be evasive in responses to Cuneo’s requests for the vehicle documents and driver’s license. Patel claimed that he was in a hurry to get to work,” Auteri said in a statement. “Cuneo ultimately observed paraphernalia in the vehicle consistent with drug use.”

When Cuneo searched the car driven by Patel, he found glass vials containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine, Auteri said. Patel said about the drugs. “I had some friends use the car. I’ve never done that stuff.”

Patel was arrested and later released on his own recognizance.

A spokesperson for Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, the hospital where he claimed to work as a neurologist, said Vikas was never an employee of the hospital.

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