Woman charged in crash with PA State Trooper

NEW GARDEN TWP., Pa. - December 30, 2011

Trooper Chad Burgwald's full size police car was hit with such force he was trapped inside.

Shortly before 1:00pm Thursday afternoon, he was rammed by a Chrysler Pacifica driven by Heather Delong of Glen Mills.

State Police say his cruiser was parked in a grassy median when it was struck on the driver's side.

According to police, Delong was traveling northbound on the US Route 1 bypass near Kennett Square attempting to pass a car on the right when she lost control and plowed into the grass median slamming into the side of the trooper's cruiser.

The 24-year-old trooper was flown to Crozer-Chester Medical Center with a broken pelvis and internal bleeding. Doctors anticipate moving him out of ICU today.

Delong had nothing to say to reporters, but in court she sobbed apologies saying she was sorry for doing what she did.

She is charged with Aggravated Assault by Vehicle while driving under the influence which is a felony.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Delong's arresting officer said he noticed a strong order of alcohol on her breath, that she was unsteady on her feet, and her speech was slurred.

Asked if she had anything to drink prior to driving, she allegedly told the trooper she had wine earlier in the day.

Delong said in court she is a teacher, has a Master's Degree, and is married with three children.

Delong just turned 47 on Wednesday, and indicated that she had spent last night with friends.

No response from family members who were inside Delong's Glen Mills home.

In order for Delong to return to that home she is first going to have to come up with bail, which was set at $250,000 cash.

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