Video: NJ officer dodges injury when passing car sideswipes door

The door was nearly ripped off its hinges

Associated Press

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.  — A police officer in New Jersey narrowly avoided serious injury when a passing car struck his patrol vehicle's door.

Body-camera video showed what happened Sunday night as the Burlington Township officer attempted to get out of his vehicle during a traffic stop. The camera captured the sound of the crash. The door was nearly ripped off its hinges. The officer was not harmed.

Lt. James Sullivan tells the Courier Post of Cherry Hill the police cruiser was partially parked in the road because the shoulder was very narrow.

The motorist remained on the scene and was ticketed for violating New Jersey's "Move Over Law." The law requires motorists to slow down or move into another lane when approaching an emergency vehicle with flashing lights.

Vehicle crashes into police car, nearly strikes BTPD officer

Burlington Township Police ask that you take a brief minute of your day to watch this video and read this educational message. This past Sunday evening, one of our officers was almost struck by a passing vehicle during a motor vehicle stop. Thankfully, the officer acted quickly to get out of the way and was not injured. The other vehicle remained on scene to assist with the investigation, and both occupants escaped injury as well. Remember, it is the law in NJ that all motorists must slow down and/or move over into the adjacent lane when approaching any emergency vehicle with flashing lights. Please be attentive while driving and obey the Move Over Law. For more information about this law, go to New Jersey Department of Transportation

Posted by Burlington Township Police Department on Tuesday, April 16, 2019


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