Authorities: Drunk Driver Slams into NJ Police Car

The crash occurred around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday on Route 27 in Franklin Township

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 1:12 PM EDT
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Authorities: Drunk Driver Slams into NJ Police Car

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Numerous charges have been filed against an alleged drunk driver who authorities say crashed into a police cruiser on a major highway in northern New Jersey and then tried to flee.
 
The crash occurred around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday on Route 27 in Franklin Township, not far from the South Brunswick border.

  Authorities say a northbound car driven by 24-year-old Joseph Mendes of Phillpsburg rear-ended the cruiser driven by South Brunswick Patrolman Angelo Zecca. The impact sent the cruiser across the southbound lanes and into a traffic light pole.
 
Mendes allegedly tried to walk away, but Zecca was able to get out of his vehicle and capture Mendes. Officers later recovered a small amount of marijuana where Mendes was caught.
 
Zecca and Mendes were treated for minor injuries and later released.

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