Rockaway Township Officer Joseph Udina suffered minor injuries early on the morning of February 28, 2009, when an SUV operated by an alleged drunk driver struck his patrol car, according to this report in the Daily Record. Law enforcement officials investigating the accident say that Officer Udina’s patrol car was parked on the shoulder of Route 80 with lights flashing after he had pulled over an alleged drunken driver. Officials said that while Udina was in his patrol car assisting Officer Dean Testa, his patrol car was struck by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Robert Leigh, 36, of Wharton.
The car accident in New Jersey occurred just after 2:00 a.m. on Route 80 West near the Dover exit. Police say that Udina was treated for minor injuries at Morristown Memorial Hospital and released. Law enforcement officials claim that Leigh was driving while intoxicated when he collided with the rear of Officer Udina’s patrol car, causing extensive damage to it and the SUV that the patrol car was pushed into in the collision.
Blood alcohol tests showed that Leigh had a blood alcohol level of .19 percent at the time of the accident, and he is facing charges of driving while intoxicated by New Jersey State Police. Officer Udina was very fortunate to suffer only minor injuries in the drunk driving accident in New Jersey, but many people are not so lucky.
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