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Sawed-Off Shotgun Found After Man Left Crash, Cops Say

Long Valley resident charged with illegal possession of weapon and drug paraphernalia.

A Long Valley man was found with a sawed-off shotgun and drug paraphernalia after leaving the scene of an accident earlier this month, Washington Township Police Lt. Doug Compton said.

Patrick Mackewicz, 31, allegedly struck two trees on the front lawn of a Bartley Road residence and then left the scene, Compton said. Officer Susan Gilligan, after learning the make and model of the vehicle, found the car—and Mackewicz—a short time later at a nearby residence, Compton said.

Mackewicz consented to a search of the vehicle and his bedroom, where he was located, Compton said. The investigation revealed a cache of drug paraphernalia and a sawed-off shotgun, Compton said.

All contraband was seized, Compton said, and Mackewicz was charged with careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

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Michael January 09, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Kurt, the pope doesnt have a justifiable reason and neither does jesus, so their out too.
Michael January 09, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I can't find a single statute that gives the police the legal means to illegally tailgate a motorist. Can you? http://law.onecle.com/new-jersey/39-motor-vehicles-and-traffic-regulation/index.html
Jerry Gordon January 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
You live in a dream world Tracy, the cops in WT are hostile towards the citizens because they don't like their contract. With this year's budget restraints the town is sure lay off a few more.
The Lawrax January 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM
The above message from Jerry Gordon is completely inaccurate and there will be no lay offs. In fact, I believe I read an article on the patch recently where two new officers were hired, to replace one that was forced to retire and another who is due to retire soon. I, as a citizen of Washington Township, will take great pleasure watching as the year goes by and subsequent years follow, and no officers are laid off, that Jerry "Hey Lady!" Gordon is at home stewing in his anger, hate and jealousy for law enforcement. Happy New Year Jerry!
PatchSucks February 05, 2013 at 02:54 AM
hahahhahahha perfect

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