NEWARK — A 15-year member of the Newark Police Department was injured when he and his personal vehicle were struck in a hit-and-run crash Sunday morning.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said in a statement that the 46-year-old officer was retrieving items from his personal vehicle, a 2013 Ford F-150, at about 7:51 a.m. when the incident occurred. Ambrose said as the 3rd Precinct officer was standing near his vehicle at Market and Read streets, he and the Ford were struck by a Silver Toyota Matrix Crossover Utility Vehicle.

The impact caused the officer "to be thrown toward his vehicle," the public safety director said.

"The suspect vehicle stopped monetarily before ignoring the officer’s commands to stop and pull over," Ambrose said.

He said the vehicle then "accelerated traveling east on Market Street."

The officer was transported to University Hospital in Newark. Police say he is currently listed in stable condition.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Newark police Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867). Anonymous tips are kept confidential. Ambrose said, and information leading to an arrest and conviction could result in a reward.

Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at toniann.antonelli@townsquaremedia.com, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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