Name of Dover cop run over by Jeep, badly hurt revealed
The Dover Police officer badly hurt when he was struck and run over by a Jeep Saturday has been upgraded from critical to stable condition, according to a report by the Daily Record of Morris County.
The report also reveals the name of the officer — Timothy Thiel — for the first time. It cited unnamed police sources revealing Theil's identity, and said his injuries included a broken leg, facial injuries and a possible concussion.
Authorities have also previously said Thiel suffered a broken femur and broken shoulder,
"Our biggest concern is with our officer, and our thoughts and concerns go out to him and his family," the report quotes Mayor James Dodd saying. "It's a terrible, terrible situation, It's unfortunate when we have people who just don't respect our police officers."
Dodd and Theil have a rocky history in unrelated matters. Theil alleged in a 2014 lawsuit a campaign of retribution against him, beginning after after Theil wrote a ticket for a Dodd campaign worker despite pressure not to. He also described a system of secret ticket dismissals in town, and claims Dodd stood in the way of his promotions. Dodd has denied any involvement in police personnel issues.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Saturday at about 4 p.m., Dover police were dispatched to a call of multiple people sleeping in a vehicle.
Officers arrived on scene and, approached the vehicle — when it began to drive up over the curb, and onto the sidewalk, police said.
According to a report by NJ Advance Media, Dominick Saldida, the town’s public safety director, said the Jeep struck an officer — now identified in the Daily Record report as Thiel — and ran him over. The vehicle ultimately came to a stop and the occupants were detained, the prosecutor’s office said.
Driver Michael Medici has been charged with several crimes related to this incident, including aggravated assault, a crime of the second degree, and assault by auto, a crime of the third degree, the prosecutor's office has said.
Colleen McDonough has also been charged with crimes related to this incident, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance, throwing bodily fluids at a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.