- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a police officer working a DWI checkpoint escaped serious injury when an alleged drunken driver crashed into his parked police cruiser.

Elmwood Park police tell The Record (https://bit.ly/1oYxzvA) that the accident occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday on Route 46 westbound.

Officer Christopher Finn was sitting in the cruiser when it was rear-ended by a car driven by 23-year-old borough resident John McCarthy. Finn suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital, while McCarthy apparently was not injured.

McCarthy was charged with assault by auto and also received several motor vehicle citations.

A telephone number for McCarthy could not be located Sunday, and it was not known if he had retained a lawyer.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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