NJ police officer injured during traffic stop

April 12, 2009 6:51:35 AM PDT
A police officer who had just made a traffic stop was injured when another vehicle - driven by an alleged drunken driver - sideswiped his cruiser. Barnegat Patrolman Anthony King sustained neck and back injuries in the accident, which occurred around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Authorities said King's cruiser was pulled over to the side of the road when it was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by 61-year-old William Ferri of Barnegat. The SUV did not stop, but King - who was sitting in the driver's seat - used his police radio to contact other officers, who soon stopped Ferri's vehicle.

King was treated at Southern Ocean County Hospital and later released.

Ferri was charged with assault by auto, drunken driving and several motor vehicle violations.

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