A Drew University student faces aggravated assault charges in Madison NJ after he allegedly attacked police officers.
The violent incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. According to authorities, Madison NJ police officers were sent to the rear of Drew University, near a gate on Glenwild Road, after the school’s public safety department said that a male student was drunk and in need of transport to a hospital.
When Madison police officers showed up at the school, they found the 19-year-old student suffering from bloodshot eyes, smelling of alcohol, and struggling to talk without slurring his speech.
The suspect, who had come to Madison NJ from Guilford, Connecticut, allegedly refused the police officers’ instructions for him to get into an ambulance. He then allegedly became combative and began to strike the cops with his fists and feet.
During a struggle between the suspect and police, one of the officers reportedly fell to the ground and sustained a broken leg.
The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, he would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), an aggravated assault committing against a police officer is usually classified as a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cop Breaks Leg during Assault by Drunk Drew University Student, Police Say.”