Teacher Charged in DUI Crash that Critically Injures Police Officer

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A Lodi High School teacher in New Jersey was charged last month in connection to a drunk driving accident that left a Bergen County police officer critically injured.

NorthJersey.com reported that Michael Ettz, 36, a math teacher and coach, has been charged with aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, along with other motor vehicle charges.

The website reported that officer Daniel Breslin’s SUV was struck from behind by Ettz’s Ford Fusion as it was stopped on the right lane of the highway with its lights flashing. Ettz reportedly tried to flee the scene of the accident on foot.

Breslin was transported to the hospital in critical condition. It was reported that Ettz had his license suspended previously for a DWI conviction.

Drunk driving is an epidemic in New Jersey. In 2012, there were 164 drunken driving fatalities in the Garden State, representing 28 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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