A student at Drew University in Madison New Jersey has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after he allegedly got drunk and attacked multiple cops.
The violent assault occurred around 2:00 a.m. According to law enforcement, police officers were dispatched to the rear of Drew University, in the area of Glenwild Road, after the school’s public safety department reported that a male student was highly intoxicated and needed to be transported to a hospital.
When police officers got to the scene, they found the 19-year-old student struggling to stay conscious. He reportedly had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He also reportedly had slurred speech.
The suspect, who is from Guilford, Connecticut, was being placed into an ambulance when he allegedly became combative. The suspect reportedly refused the officers’ requests for him to get into the emergency transport vehicle.
At one point, the suspect allegedly assumed a fighting stance and verbally threatened police. He then allegedly started to kick and punch the Madison NJ police officers.
A struggle ensued, with one of the police officers falling to the ground and suffering a broken leg. The injured officer ended up breaking his leg in two different places. The officer was treated at a local hospital and is currently scheduled for surgery.
The suspect was later charged with three counts of aggravated assault on police.
If the suspect is convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, he faces severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), an aggravated assault on a police officer is typically classified as a second degree felony. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $10K bail amount.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Cop Breaks Leg during Assault by Drunk Drew University Student, Police Say.”