Hackettstown man arrested twice in one day faces aggravated assault on police, drug charges
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A 23-year-old Hackettstown man is facing several charges after he was arrested twice in the same day.
On Sept. 27, at around 6:55 p.m., police responded to a residence on Laurie Terrace for a report of man outside yelling expletives for the past hour, police said.
When officers arrived on scene, the officers located the man and he was identified as Eric Gaertner. Through an investigation it was determined that he was under the influence of heroin and had in his possession suspected heroin and a hypodermic syringe, police said.
Gaertner was charged with possession heroin, possession of a hypodermic syringe, being under the influence of heroin and disorderly conduct. He was released pending a court appearance, police said.
Then at around 10:48 a.m. police responded to Laurie Terrace for a report of a male nodding off in a vehicle. When officers arrived on scene, the vehicle had already left. While officers were checking the area, the vehicle was located stopped in the middle of Mitchell Road and the driver was passed out behind the wheel, police said.
The driver was identified as Gaertner and through an investigation it was determined that he was under the influence of heroin. He had a shoe lace tied around his arm and had an empty heroin wax fold, police said.
Gaertner resisted arrest and elbowed an officer in the left eye, police said.
Gaertner was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, being under the influence of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving while under the influence, reckless driving, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility, police said.