According to officials, a Hanover NJ police officer was stopped at the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Route 287 South in Hanover, NJ. The officer was providing assistance to New Jersey State Police on the highway.
While attempting to control traffic, the Hanover officer sat in his police cruiser. The 30-year-old suspect was driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler as she approached the accident scene.
The suspect allegedly crashed her vehicle into the back of the Hanover police cruiser, which had its emergency lights turned on.
As a result of the DWI collision, the Hanover police officer sustained injuries to his neck, back, elbows, and shoulders.
Two state troopers were also injured as a result of the DWI crash. They reportedly had to leap over a concrete barrier on the highway in order to avoid being hit by the suspect’s vehicle.
After the DUI accident, the 34-year-old Hanover police officer was taken to Morristown Medical Center. He got medical treatment for his injuries before being released from the hospital.
Additionally, the two New Jersey State Police troopers were taken to Morristown Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.
The suspect arrested and charged with assault by auto and driving while intoxicated (DWI).
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious assault by auto charges, she would be subject to prison time. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(c), anyone who operates a motor vehicle while in violation of New Jersey drunk driving laws and causes serious bodily injury to another person can be charged with a third degree criminal offense and sentenced to 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “3 Cops Hurt When Drunk Driver Hit Cruiser, State Police Say.”