MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - An intoxicated township man on Wednesday pointed a handgun at the manager of a Budd Lake tavern after the manager tried to prevent him from driving home, police said.
The man, Patrick Hanright, 34, of Mount Olive, faces a number of charges due to the incident, including possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, terroristic threats and driving while intoxicated, said Mount Olive police.
They said the incident began at 7:13 p.m. when Mount Olive Police Officer Anthony Gardner responded to a call about a man with a gun at Kennedy’s Pub on Route 46. When Gardner and other officers arrived, they were told the man had left the scene. "The victim, a manager at Kennedy’s, advised officers that he and the male were standing outside of the front of the pub and the manager was advising the male that he was too intoxicated to drive, and he would be calling a cab to take the male home," police said. "The manager advised that the male then pulled a handgun out of his jacket pocket, and threatened him with it."
At that point, the manager went back in the bar and locked the door, police said. Police identified the suspect as Hanright based on a debit card he used while in the bar, they said. They then searched the area, including Hanright's home in the Vasa Park area of the township, where they found Hanright sitting in a car in his driveway, they said.
Officers removed Hanright from the car at gunpoint and arrested him, police said. They said a handgun was found in the pocket of the jacket Hanright was wearing.