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Driver found passed out behind the wheel with heroin, needle

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Hackettstown man found passed out behind the wheel of a car at an intersection was allegedly under the influence of heroin.

Eric Gaertner, 22, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle, being under the influence of CDS, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and obstructing traffic.

On Feb 26, at around 5:23 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Mitchell Road and Bells Lane, police said.

The officer observed the male driver passed out behind the wheel with an orange needle cap belonging to a hypodermic syringe next to him. The officer was able to wake up the driver, who was identified as Gaertner, police said.

Through an investigation it was determined that Gaertner was under the influence of heroin and had in his possession a glassine bag containing suspected heroin, and a hypodermic needle, police said.

Gaertner was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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