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Cop, shot in chest by Seaside bomber Rahimi last year, now charged with DWI

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One of the police officers who helped capture accused Seaside Park and Chelsea bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi last year now faces a DWI charge.

Angel Padilla’s 2011 Jeep was on West St. George Avenue in Linden Saturday when it collided with a 2013 Cadillac traveling in the same direction, reported, citing Linden Police. The Cadillac driver suffered minor injuries, and PAdilla wasn’t hurt, it said.

According to the report, one of the responding officers recognized Padilla and contacted a supervisor to take over the investigation.

Padilla was shot in his bulletproof vest by Rahimi during a confrontation that led to Rahimi’s capture, just days after Rahimi’s bombs explored in Seaside Park and Manhattan.

“How scared was I? I was nervous. A bit nervous,” Padilla said, according to an Associated Press report of his visit to his grandson’s school.

Also shot was Officer Pete Hammer, whose head was grazed by bullet or shrapnel in the exchange of gunfire with Rahimi. Both were released from hospitals in the days following the shootout.

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