According to authorities, Newark police officers saw a silver BMW with tinted windows speeding shortly after midnight on Hobson Street in Newark, NJ. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the driver allegedly sped off.
The 37-year-old suspect, who lives in Irvington NJ, allegedly slowed down the car at one point so that he could throw a handgun out of the passenger window. According to law enforcement, Newark police officers later found the gun: a loaded, defaced .40-caliber handgun.
The chase eventually ended when the suspect pulled over. Police officers placed the suspect under arrest at that time.
Additionally, the suspect was charged with several weapons offenses, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a defaced weapon, and possession of hollow-point bullets. The suspect also faces a certain persons offense because he is allegedly prohibited from being in possession of a weapon.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the weapons charges, he could face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, anyone who illegally possesses a prohibited firearm such as a handgun can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree illegal handgun possession charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Arrested After Police Say He Tried to Ditch Gun in Newark.”