MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Hackettstown man faces several charges following a traffic stop in Mount Olive Township.
Brian M. Johnston, 46, was charged with DWI, possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, under the influence of CDS, possession of hypodermic syringes, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, careless driving, and CDS in a motor vehicle.
On May 17 at 8:01 p.m., an officer was advised by a passing motorist that a white Ford truck had nearly hit his vehicle head-on as it passed him on Route 46 heading west, police said.
The officer located the Ford, and initiated a motor vehicle stop with the vehicle in the area of TD Bank. The officer made contact with the driver, who was identified as Johnston, and as the officer spoke with him he noted that he allegedly appeared to be impaired.
Johnston was asked to exit his vehicle, and as he did, an orange hypodermic cap fell to the blacktop. The syringe was observed in plain sight sticking out from the driver side floor mat, police said.
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded multiple hypodermic syringes. Johnston was found to be in possession of thirteen bags of suspected heroin and a homemade tourniquet. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert, police said.
Johnston was charged and then released to a sober driver pending a court hearing.