NJ officer to resign, get treatment, after wheelchair attack

June 14, 2013 8:10:35 AM PDT
A New Jersey police officer accused of attacking a woman in a wheelchair and her 4-year-old child is resigning his job as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors say Robbinsville police Sgt. Mark Lee was found to have been suffering from a neurological condition at the time of the incident in September 2012.

Authorities say Lee assaulted the 45-year-old woman and her son and at one point knocked her from her wheelchair.

Under the plea deal reached Thursday, prosecutors say charges will be dropped if the 19-year police veteran successfully completes a three-year pretrial intervention program that requires continued medical and psychiatric treatment.

His attorney says Lee never intended what happened and "feels awful' for the people involved.

The attack occurred at a facility for disabled people. After being taken into custody, Lee broke out of a patrol car by kicking out a window.