Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander
Tarrytown, NY – On July 1, 2020, at approximately 11:00 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-87 in the village of Tarrytown for traveling 93 mph in a 45 mph zone. While interviewing the driver, Jonathan Mata, 24, of Great Neck, NY, Troopers observed a large amount of fireworks in the back seat of the vehicle. Malta was also determined to be impaired.
During a probable cause search of the vehicle, Troopers located approximately 16 grams of concentrated cannabis and pills that were determined to be Alprazolam, Amphetamine, and Dextroamphetamine which were not in their original containers.
When Troopers attempted to take Mata into custody, he fled the scene on foot. He was located a short distance away on Van Wart Ave in the village of Tarrytown on a stolen bicycle, refusing verbal commands and continued to resist arrest. Once Mata was taken into custody without further incident, he was transported to SP Tarrytown for processing.
Also at the scene of the traffic stop, a 17-year old passenger of the vehicle was arrested and charged with Unlawfully Selling Fireworks with a Value of $500 or More and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree; both Class A Misdemeanors, to be handled out of the Westchester County Family Court.
Mata was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs; an Unclassified Misdemeanor, Unlawfully Selling Fireworks with a Value of $500 or More, Criminal Mischief, Petit Larceny, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, and Resisting Arrest; all Class A Misdemeanors, and Reckless Endangerment of Property; a Class B Misdemeanor.
Mata agreed to a blood draw to determine the drug content in his system and was subsequently transported to Nyack Hospital where blood was taken. He was released with appearance tickets returnable to the Village of Tarrytown Court on August 5, 2020.