by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Fairfield, NJ - In the early morning hours of New Years Eve, Fairfield Police Officer Jayson Sickles pulled over a speeding Toyota on Route 46 East which turned out to be driven by a convicted felon - Vincent Weaver, 23, of Fort Wayne, IN - who was wanted in that state and considered to be armed and dangerous. Additionally, the car contained five other persons - including one male in the trunk - along with a stolen handgun loaded with hollow point bullets, cash, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to Fairfield Police Chief, at about 2:07am early Sunday morning, Sickles was patrolling Route 46 East when he observed a 2017 Toyota with North Carolina plates allegedly traveling 17mph over the speed limit of 50mph.
After stopping the car, operated by Weaver, Sickles reported that he "immediately detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle." Sickles also observed one of the passengers holding an open Coors beer can.
Weaver was asked to exit the vehicle
Fairfield Officers Sergeant Christopher Niemiec, Stacy Chiarolanza and Steven Ptaszynski all arrived on the scene. After conducting a computer check, the officers determined that Weaver was wanted in the state of Indiana and because he was known to be in position of a handgun, was deemed armed and dangerous.
As officers had the four remaining individuals exit the Toyota, they then discovered a fifth male who was hiding in the car's trunk.
As the officers continued to investigate they allegedly recovered:
The handgun was later found to have been stolen in Sept. 2017 in Indiana. Weaver allegedly told the officers that the gun, the marijuana and the contraband items all belonged to him. He was arrested, taken to headquarters, and the car was impounded.
The other occupants of the car were also taken in for questioning but officers determined that they had no connection to the gun or drugs and were released without charge.
Weaver allegedly told the officers that he and the passengers of the car were on their way to Times Square in New York City and that his purpose of having the gun was to
Weaver was charged with:
Weaver was transported to the Essex County Jail in Newark and his case will be heard in the County's Superior Court.
In a related incident, on Tuesday, Dec. 26, Officer Sickles was patrolling Route 80 and stopped a 2007 Honda for a motor vehicle violation. The driver, Francisco Porras of Texas, was also found to be in possession of a handgun loaded with hollow point bullets.
This is the second handgun that Officer Sickles