Erratic Driver Call Leads to Guns, Drugs Arrest in Warren County

The New Jersey State Police have arrested Gary Hackling, 40, of Tunkahannock, P.A., for various weapons and drug offenses.

Police say on Saturday, May 11, at 1:53 a.m., troopers from Hope Station were alerted by dispatch of an erratic driver traveling westbound on Interstate 80 in Warren County.

A caller reported that a black Dodge with Pennsylvania plates was driving in and out of multiple lanes.

According to police within minutes of receiving the call, Trooper William Duby located and stopped the car westbound at milepost 12.6 in Hope Township after he observed the driver unable to maintain a lane of travel.

During the stop, officials say discovered that Hackling was in possession of a loaded handgun and arrested him. As troopers continued their investigation, they discovered various weapons and drugs inside the car.

Troopers seized an AR-15 rifle with high capacity magazines, a shotgun, two .45 caliber handguns, a .50 caliber handgun, $700 worth of methamphetamine, $40 worth of psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Gary Hackling was charged with possession of an assault firearm, three counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, two counts of unlawful possession of a rifle and shotgun, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged at the Warren County Jail pending by a detention hearing.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.