TETERBORO, NJ - Two Moonachie Police Officers turned up a gun during the arrest of a driver in a road rage incident on Tuesday night.

Officer John Bussanich and Officer Frank Tamargo were on patrol in the Teterboro area on Tuesday, January 21 when the New Jersey State Police put a BOLO (Be on the Look out) out for a tractor trailer involved in a road rage incident on Route 80 near Teterboro.  The driver of that truck reportedly brandished a black firearm and threatened another driver, according to Sergeant Jeff Napolitano of the Moonachie Police Department.

A short time later while checking businesses near the Route 80 Exit ramp to North Street in Teterboro, Officer Tamargo observed a truck matching the description by State Police leaving a local business.  Tamargo and Bussanich stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 35-year-old Alex Gonzales, of Wilkes Barre, PA.  Gonzalez was detained.  An investigation on scene turned up a black 40 Caliber Glock 23. 

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Gonzalez was placed under arrest and a short time later turned over to New Jersey State police for the road rage incident. 

In light of this incident and the shooting on Route 80 in Lodi over the weekend, Napolitano reminds drivers that if they perceive they were cut off in some way, or some other motorist action makes them angry as they are driving to let it go.  He suggests copying a registration if the police need to be notified or want to sign complaints at a later time.   He urged "never follow, and definitely never engage other drivers." 

"You never know who you are dealing with, what their mental state might be or what they may be capable of," said Napolitano.  "Some people may be armed.  Some people may have the capacity to use those firearms.  While people might feel some sense of security behind the wheel of their cars, the cars themselves can be dangerous weapons, and guns, of course, are. Let it go."

 

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