New Jersey teacher charged with DWI after injuring cop appears in court
LODI, N.J. – On Tuesday, 36-year-old Michael Ettz, a teacher at Lodi High School accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and striking a police officer, appeared in court.
The incident happened on Saturday and according to the authorities, Michael was impaired when he collided with 39-year-old Officer Daniel Breslin’s police cruiser on Route 46 in Lodi.
Near Summit Avenue, Breslin was pulled over in his cruiser alongside the other officer’s vehicle, who was helping him with a broken radio when his vehicle was rear-ended by Ettz’s vehicle around 1:50 a.m.
On Tuesday, Ettz pleaded not guilty in a Hackensack court to charges related to the accident that seriously injured Breslin. The charges include aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury.
Breslin sustained a significant head injury, underwent surgery for a skull fracture and bleeding. His family said he is responding to treatment but he is still in serious condition.
He was treated for non-life threatening injuries he sustained in the accident.
Ettz was released after posting $150,000 bail.
It was confirmed by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission that Ettz had his license suspended on Nov. 19, 2012 for a previous conviction for OVI.
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