The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Dover police got a call about multiple people sleeping in a vehicle parked on East Clinton Street in Dover, New Jersey. A police officer was sent to the area, where he spotted a Jeep parked near the curb.
When the officer walked toward the vehicle, the driver allegedly hit the gas and moved the Jeep onto the sidewalk. As the car moved, it reportedly hit the police officer.
The Dover NJ police officer was rushed to Morristown Medical Center, where he received medical treatment for several injuries, including a broken femur, a broken shoulder, and a concussion.
Police also arrested a 32-year-old female passenger. The passenger, who is also from Rockaway, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), resisting arrest, and throwing bodily fluids at a police officer.
If the male suspect is ultimately convicted of assault by auto, he would face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c), anyone who drives a vehicle recklessly and causes serious bodily injury to another person can be charged with a fourth degree crime. A conviction for fourth degree assault by auto could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Rockaway Man Charged with Hitting Cop with Jeep.”