- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey police officer remains hospitalized in stable condition after he was struck by an SUV during a traffic stop.

Authorities say Monroe Township Patrolman Anthony Vezza was standing near a car he had pulled over Saturday night when an SUV struck his police cruiser and then him.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says Vezza was airlifted to a hospital. He suffered a broken leg and a knee injury.

The driver of the SUV has been identified as 33-year-old Jesse Petryk. The Monroe Township man has been charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and three counts of assault by auto.

Two people who were inside the car that Vezza stopped were also taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police continue to investigate.


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