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Police Officer Injured in New Jersey Three-Car Accident after Chase

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Posted on May 20, 2013

An early-morning car accident in Clifton left a New Jersey police officer injured after a pursuit that lasted nearly half an hour. 

The three-car accident took place at around 2:25 a.m. According to the police report, an officer first spotted the suspect's vehicle on Clifton Avenue just before 2:00 a.m. The officer says that the driver, whose name has not been released, was weaving in and out of the lanes, so he attempted to pull the driver over. Instead of stopping, the suspect continued down Clifton Avenue, leading the officer to give chase.

The officer called for backup, which arrived in the path of the suspect’s vehicle at the intersection of Clifton and Colfax. The suspect struck a sergeant waiting in the police cruiser at the intersection, causing the officer following his vehicle to crash into him. The suspect attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was caught and arrested by the patrol officer.

Several residents awakened by the loud crash came into the intersection to see what happened.

Clifton resident George Priester said that the sound of the crash was overwhelming: "I heard skidmarks, loud skidmarks, and I just heard a big boom, a big crash," Priester commented. "Then we came running outside… and I heard police telling him, 'Stop or I'll shoot, stop or I'll shoot' [to] somebody running down towards the high school."

Emergency responders took the injured officer from the scene on a stretcher. He reportedly suffered a head injury in the crash, and injured his arm while subduing the suspect. He was treated at St Joseph's Medical Center.

The suspect, who was also hospitalized for injuries he sustained in the crash, has several charges pending against him.

The intersection is closed indefinitely as the accident remains under investigation.

We wish all those injured in this accident a speedy recovery.

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