Pickup truck driver faces numerous charges after allegedly trying to run down officer
FAIRFIELD, N.J. – A pickup driver has been charged with numerous charges who was shot by police after he allegedly struck a police car and attempted to flee during a traffic stop in northern New Jersey.
During Saturday night’s fight with the police, 46-year-old Jeffery Harris of Lafayette suffered a wound to his forehead, according to the Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. He remained in hospital on Sunday; he was in stable condition and was under police guard.
Another driver called police to report Harris was driving unsteadily and was looking to be under the influence, said authorities. The other driver soon approached the truck at an intersection and attempted to take the keys out of the vehicle.
When Fairfield police reached the spot, Harris struck a marked police car, backed up and then drove westbound over a median into the eastbound lane and toward the officers, according to the authorities. 1 Fairfield officer who is a 10-year-veteran of the force fired 4 shots after Harris struck the police vehicle and drove off, said Murray. 1 shot hit Harris while another hit a fixed object at a nearby gas station.
Witness Tim Taylor told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez, “I saw the cop cars and the cops out there pointing the gun pointed at the guy that was in the truck”.
Harris was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson; he was listed in critical but stable condition. A blood sample was taken by the prosecutor’s office for an intoxication test.
No other person was harmed in the accident.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative duty while authorities review the shooting, which is standard procedure in all police-involved shootings.
Police charged Harris with several counts of aggravated assault on a police officer along with weapons offenses and eluding.
His bail was set at $100,000 and it was not confirmed on Sunday if he had a lawyer or not.
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