Auteri: Bloke had broken brake light, mushrooms in his car

The moral of the story — don’t drive around with broken brake lights if you’ve got mushrooms in your car.

Lyndhurst Police Det. Lt. Vincent Auteri says Police Officer Michael D’Alesandro was on patrol in the area of Riverside and Copeland avenues shortly after 1 a.m., Feb. 15, when he says he observed an older-model Honda Accord on Riverside Avenue without functioning brake lights.

Officer D’Alessandro executed a motor-vehicle stop and while conducting an investigation into the vehicle equipment malfunction, he was joined by Sgt. Philip Reina.

While assisting Officer D’Alesandro, Sgt. Reina says he observed a plastic bag, which reportedly contained several Psilocybin mushroom caps and stems on the front floorboard of the vehicle.

Driver Heriberto Caban-Perez, 20, of Passaic, was arrested and charged with possession of Psilocybin and released. He was also issued a summons for the malfunctioning brake lights.

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