Road Rage handgun incident in Bridgewater leads to multi-jurisdictional pursuit on Hwys 78, 287, CR 622, Rt. 18 and NJ Turnpike ending in Mansfield, Burlington County – MidJersey.News
November 13, 2021
State police arrest man who brandished handgun at motorist after road rage incident
Suspects led soldiers in a multi-county motor vehicle chase
Bridgewater Twp., NJ – New Jersey State Police arrested Russell T. Brown, 62, of Shallotte, North Carolina, after he allegedly pointed a handgun at another motorist and directed soldiers into a motor vehicle chase that spanned multiple counties.
On Friday, November 12, at approximately 4:18 p.m., Operations Dispatch Unit North informed the soldiers that they were on the phone with a caller who said a man driving a white Chrysler Town and Country got out of his vehicle and pointed a handgun at him after a road rage incident. The victim said the incident happened on Interstate 287 southbound at mile post 35 in Morris Township, Morris County. Troopers responded to the area and observed the Chrysler traveling south on I-287 at mile post 23 and continued to follow the van on Interstate 78 eastbound.
At the 32.2 mile post area in Bridgewater Township, Somerset County, soldiers attempted to carry out a high risk motor vehicle stop on the Chrysler. With the emergency lights activated, the soldiers stopped the Chrysler and gave verbal orders to the driver to get out of the vehicle via the State Police vehicle’s public address (PA) system. The driver got out of his vehicle, but after several minutes of refusing the policeman’s orders, he got back into the van and fled.
Troopers continued to pursue the Chrysler with emergency lights and sirens activated as it passed through multiple jurisdictions on various roads including I-78, I-287, County Road 622, State Road 18 and, finally, the New Jersey Turnpike. During the chase, the suspect intentionally collided with a vehicle identified by state police on State Highway 18.
At approximately 5:52 p.m., soldiers successfully stopped the Chrysler on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 52 in Mansfield Township, Burlington County. Once arrested, the gendarmes ordered the driver to get out of the vehicle, but he refused to get out. The gendarmes then physically removed the driver from the vehicle and arrested him. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested without incident. During the investigation, soldiers discovered a 9mm handgun in the Chrysler. The driver and passenger were relayed to the Somerville State Police Station for processing. Troopers later determined the passenger was an unwitting participant during the chase and was not charged.
Russell T. Brown has been charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault (pointing a firearm), aggravated assault against a soldier, resisting arrest, evading arrest and obstructing justice. He was held in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
This case is being prosecuted by the Morris County District Attorney’s Office and the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.
BRIDGEWATER, NJ (SOMERSET)–According to SFC Lawrence Peele of the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit, at approximately 4:19 p.m., soldiers responded to Interstate 78 in Bridgewater for the report of a driver pointing a handgun at another motorist. The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck says the driver of a Chrysler Town and Country pointed a gun at him in an alleged road rage incident.
In the 32.2 mile marker area, soldiers observed the Chrysler and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop and continued driving east on I-78. Troopers continued to pursue the vehicle with emergency lights and sirens activated as it passed through multiple jurisdictions on various roads including I-78, I-287, County Road 622, State Road 18 and finally the New Jersey Turnpike.
At approximately 5:52 p.m., soldiers stopped the Chrysler on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike before Interchange 6 in Burlington County. The driver and passenger were both arrested and are currently facing multiple charges. No injuries were reported and both suspects were transferred to Somerville State Police Station for treatment.
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