Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 13
Cause: Vehicular assault
Weapon: Automobile; Narcotics involved
Offender: Sentenced to 20 years
Patrolman Joseph Wargo was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver on I-80, near exit 30, at about 12:15 am.
The driver, who was under the influence of four narcotics at the time, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crossed the median. The vehicle struck Patrolman Wargo's patrol car head-on and pushed it into a wooded area. Patrolman Wargo was flown to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
In February 2013 the subject pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Patrolman Wargo had served with the Mount Arlington Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife.