A man walking along the New Jersey Turnpike Tuesday was found with a stolen gun after being offered a ride by State Police, authorities said.
A trooper arrested Jose Santiago-Berrios, 30, of Philadelphia, after seeing him along the side of the southbound lanes in Robbinsville at about 4:15 p.m.
The Turnpike is a limited access road, meaning pedestrians are not permitted and troopers are supposed to give a lift to anyone walking.
Before letting Santiago-Berrios in the patrol car, the trooper frisked him and found a semi-automatic gun and hollow-point bullets, State Police said. The trooper later learned the gun was stolen and Santiago-Berrios had a warrant out for his arrest.
Santiago-Berrios was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow-point bullets, and receiving stolen property following his arrest near milepost 64.5.