A Brick Township police officer sustained significant injuries when a suspect allegedly resisted arrest and tried to drive off while the suspect was trying to unlock a car door.
The scary incident occurred around 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of Harris Avenue and Burn Tavern Road in Brick Township, New Jersey. A sergeant with the Brick Township Police Department was on patrol in the area when he reportedly saw the suspect commit a moving violation while operating a beige BMW 740i. The Brick NJ patrol cop initiated a traffic stop and pulled over the suspect’s vehicle.
Before approaching the car, the police officer ran a check on the license plate and learned that the driver had two arrest warrants out of Brick, NJ. The sergeant then moved toward the vehicle and ordered the suspect to exit the car. However, instead of complying with the officer’s commands, the suspect allegedly locked the vehicle door and stepped on the gas pedal. The Brick police officer reached inside an open window and tried to unlock the door, but he was unable to do so.
The police officer ended up being dragged roughly 50 feet on the roadway before he was able to free himself. He sustained an arm injury as a result of the incident.
The suspect reportedly continued driving away and was last seen headed toward Prospect Avenue. He remains on the loose, with law enforcement actively searching for him.
Despite not being in police custody, the suspect has already been charged with numerous crimes, including aggravated assault, resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, and obstruction of justice. The suspect was also cited for numerous traffic offenses, though the penalties for the criminal offenses would likely have far more significant consequences for the suspect. For instance, a conviction for aggravated assault on a police officer could potentially result in the suspect being sentenced to a term of incarceration of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(5)(a) stipulates that a person who assaults any law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties while in uniform can be charged with a second degree felony.
If and when the suspect is located and apprehended, he will likely be remanded to the Ocean County Correctional Facility on a $75K bail amount.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Driver Dragged Cop 50 Feet While Fleeing Traffic Stop, Police Say.”
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