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Port Authority PD: GWB Driver Bolts, Busted With Gun In Hidden Compartment

INSET: Haniel E. Saldana
INSET: Haniel E. Saldana Photo Credit: IMAGES: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- An erratic driver pulling onto the George Washington Bridge had a secret compartment built into his car that contained a loaded gun, Port Authority police said Tuesday.

Officers Patrick Devins and Collin Journey pulled over the 2003 Honda sedan around 5:30 p.m. Monday as the driver abruptly changed lanes and crossed a solid white line headed to the lower level of the GWB in Fort Lee, the authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Devins and Journey "immediately spotted modifications to the Honda that indicated a hidden compartment," Pentangelo said.

Haniel E. Saldana, 28, of Newark consented to a search that turned up the loaded Glock pistol, he said.

Saldana then tried to run and was grabbed by the officers, who arrested him and had the Honda impounded, Pentangelo said.

Saldana was charged with weapons possession, resisting arrest, careless driving and making an unsafe lane change.

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