Fleeing Driver Drags NJ Cop, Hits Police Vehicle

Two police officers were injured

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:35 PM EDT
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Fleeing Driver Drags NJ Cop, Hits Police Vehicle

NBC 4 New York

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A New Jersey police officer was dragged by a vehicle when he pulled the driver over for a routine traffic stop, police said.

The Paterson, N.J. officer pulled the driver over near 345 Broadway at about 8:15 p.m. when the driver suddenly accelerated and took off, police said. The officer was dragged a short distance before he was freed. 

The driver continued to flee and rammed into a police car and another vehicle about two miles away, at West Broadway and Chamberlin, causing them to flip over, according to police.

A police officer in the struck vehicle was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, along with the officer who was dragged, Paterson police said. They had minor injuries.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital, and he was in serious but stable condition. Charges are expected to be filed against him. 

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