Sometime around 8:00 p.m., the Franklin Police Department received a report of a “road rage” incident on Route 23. The person who called police to report the incident also said that the driver was acting erratically and had a gun.
Police found the driver and conducted an investigation. According to authorities, the 57-year-old suspect brandished a firearm “in the direction of but not at the driver of another vehicle.” The incident allegedly occurred while the suspect was pulling his vehicle into a Quick Chek gas station.
At this time, police have not revealed why the suspect allegedly pulled the handgun on the other driver. However, a Franklin NJ police news release indicated that the suspect may have flashed the gun for the purpose of intimidating the other driver.
Once police located the suspect, he was placed under arrest and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the illegal handgun possession charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, anyone found in possession of a handgun without first having obtained a carry permit can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction for second degree unlawful possession of a weapon could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Sussex County Jail. He was being held at the facility in lieu of a $10,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Driver Pulled Gun in Road Rage Incident.”