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Man who rammed car into military police vehicles at N.J. air force base sentenced

A gavel cracks down. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid/U.S. Air Force)

A man who drove his car into a New Jersey Air Force base and struck two military police vehicles has been sentenced to 33 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.

Hal Wander, 26, of Port Charlotte, Fl., pleaded guilty to information charging him with assault on two federal officers using a deadly and dangerous weapon on Feb. 8, 2022, prosecutors said.

Wander drove his vehicle onto the McGuire Air Force Base site in Burlington County on Nov. 16, 2020, without stopping at the checkpoint, officials said.

Vehicles entering the base are required to stop at the checkpoint and check in with either an official military ID or visitor’s pass.

U.S. Air Force police in marked vehicles pursued Wander before one officer positioned his vehicle in front of Wander’s car in an effort to stop him, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Wander intentionally rammed the military police vehicle and reversed his car into the second police vehicle. When Wander’s car stopped, an officer reached inside to turn off the engine, officials said.

Wander is also subject to three years of parole supervision upon his release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Officials did not comment on the motive for the actions.


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