Officer injured when car strikes cruiser at DWI checkpoint
Officer injured when car strikes cruiser at DWI checkpoint in Holmdel Written by Margaret F. Bonafide | Staff Writer
HOLMDEL — A police car with flashing lights that was stopped along the southbound lane of Route 35 was struck by another car Friday night, injuring the police officer inside, said Holmdel Police Sgt. Michael Pigott.
Police charged two men in connection with the crash that happened about 11:40 p.m. Friday while officers were setting up the traffic cones and advanced warning signs for a roadside driving-while-intoxicated checkpoint, Pigott said.
Jack H. Wegman III, 18, of Cambridge Avenue, Union Beach, was driving a Mercury Cougar when it struck the passenger side of the police car, Pigott said.
Police charged Wegman with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of controlled dangerous substance, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, provisional license hours-of-operation violation, improper use of a cellphone, failure to maintain lane, failure to pull over for an emergency vehicle and careless driving.
Anthony Cocuzza, 19, Washington Avenue, Union Beach, a passenger in Wegman’s car, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of CDS.
Patrolman Matthew Menosky assisted Pigott in the arrests.
The officer who was in the patrol car that was struck was transported to Bayshore Hospital with neck and back injuries. He later was released from the hospital. Police did not immediately release his identity.
Both Wegman and Cocuzza were released pending a municipal court appearance. Wegman’s vehicle was impounded. Photographs of Wegman and Cocuzza were not available.
Margaret F. Bonafide; 732-557-5734 or [email protected]