RIVERDALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) —  A New Jersey man’s efforts to get to court may land him in jail.

Jorge Ramirez-Sierra, 21, of Riverdale stole his friend’s car so he could get to a court appearance in Paterson, according to police.

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The friend called police to report his car missing on Friday morning, police said.

The man told officers he thought Ramirez-Sierra had taken the car because he had had told him several times the night before that he didn’t know how he would get to Paterson for the court hearing.

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While officers were talking with the car’s owner, Ramirez-Sierra called to say he was heading back with the vehicle, police said.

When he arrived, police took him into custody. Police found Ramirez-Sierra with a hypodermic needle, a crack pipe, empty wax bags and other drug paraphernalia, along with an open airplane bottle of Fireball whiskey, Lt. James Macintosh told NJ.com.

Ramirez-Sierra was charged with unlawful taking of a means of conveyance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle, driving while suspended and having an opening container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, NJ.com reported.

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He’s due back in court April 15.