New Milford Police: Uber Driver Says He Packed Illegal Gun For Protection


NEW MILFORD, N.J. -- An Uber driver from Jersey City who was pulled over after he ran a stop sign before dawn Sunday told a New Milford police officer that he kept an illegal .9mm handgun loaded with blanks on the floor of his car for protection, authorities said.

Officer Christopher Bores stopped the 2014 white Acura just before 4 a.m. after 23-year-old Jefferson Vidal-Marte blew a Rosse Avenue stop sign on New Bridge Road, made a wide turn and failed to maintain a lane while headed west on New Bridge just before 4 a.m., Detective Sgt. Kevin Van Saders told Daily Voice.

Bores stopped the car just into River Edge and spotted the black handgun on the floor of the driver's seat, Van Saders said.

New Milford backup Lt. Brian Clancy responded along with Officers Bryan Mone and Adam Conboy and River Edge police he said.

Vidal-Marte "advised that he was an Uber driver and stated he had the Ekol Alp 2 for protection," the sereant said.

A judge ordered him held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on illegal weapons possession charges. Borough police also cited him for failing to stop, failing to maintain a lane and making an improper turn.