Alleged DWI driver slams into car — 4 NJ cops hurt
TOMS RIVER — Four Manchester Police Officers and another man were injured when the driver of a Ford Explorer hit them and their cars, leading to a DWI arrest on Thursday night.
At around 11:13 p.m. Patrolman Gavin Reilly and members of the Manchester Township Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team pulled over a 1997 Ford Explorer on Route 37 east near Northampton Boulevard in Toms River, Manchester Police said.
Then, about 26 minutes later at 11:39 p.m., while officers were conducting their investigation a Ford Expedition heading east struck the stopped Explorer, police said.
As the crash was occurring, the officers had the driver of the Explorer outside of the vehicle and under arrest. Several officers were also outside of their cars near the Explorer at the time of the collision.
The driver of the Expedition, 39-year-old, Christopher Zarro of Manchester, immediately stopped after the collision and got out of his vehicle, police said.
Zarro did not appear to be injured and refused medical treatment, but he was found tp be under the influence, police said.
He was arrested and charged with DWI by Toms River Police.
The four injured Manchester Township Police officers in the crash are Sgt. Richard Mazza, Ptl. Christian Nazario, Ptl. Gavin Reilly and Ptl. Peter Manco.
Story continues after video:
Injuries to Mazza, Nazario, and Reilly were minor in nature and ranged from two injured knees and an injured elbow to an injured hand, police said. All three officers did not require additional medical treatment at the scene.
Manco, however sustained injuries to both knees and lower legs and was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by Quality Medical Transport, where he was treated and then released, police said.
The man arrested during the initial motor vehicle stop sustained minor injuries to his back and legs but refused medical attention at the scene, police said.
The motor vehicle crash and DWI incident are being investigated by the Toms River Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.
The incident came just hours before Gov. Phil Murphy officially dedicated a section of Route 195 in honor of New Jersey State Police Trooper Marc K. Castellano, who in 2010 was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle while on the shoulder of that highway. It also comes nine months after another Manchester Police Officer was injured when a driver failed to obey the Move Over Law.