Trucker Faces Weapons and Assault Charges After Allegedly Opening Fire on Fellow Driver

Union County, NJ – A trucker from Georgia is facing multiple charges after allegedly opening fire on a fellow truck driver during a road rage incident in New Jersey.

According to the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), the incident occurred on Tuesday along the New Jersey Turnpike at approximately 11:09 a.m.


NJSP said troopers in Cranbury Station received a report from a truck driver, whose identity is being withheld, that a fellow trucker pulled up next to him, brandished a gun and opened fire at his trailer while traveling southbound.

The alleged victim provided a description of the big rig to authorities and indicated it had Tennessee plates.

A short time later, troopers located a tractor-trailer fitting that description.

Troopers then stopped the tractor-trailer in the area of milepost 56.5 and the driver was identified as James McLane, 52, of Gibson, GA.

Upon further investigation of McLane’s semi-truck, troopers located a 9mm handgun, a .22 caliber handgun, hollow point bullets, and brass knuckles inside the vehicle, NJSP said.


McLane was arrested without incident and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, aggravated assault, possession of hollow point bullets and possession of brass knuckles.

NJSP has not yet provided a description of the events that led to the alleged shooting.

Further, investigators did not report any injuries in the altercation.

McLane is being held at the Union County Jail pending a detention hearing.



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