Bergen County Police Officer Daniel Breslin critically injured in crash on Route 46 in Lodi

A police officer was critically injured in a crash in Lodi Saturday morning. It happened on Route 46, across from Christopher Street just before 2

Breslin was trapped in his patrol vehicle after

Breslin was trapped in his patrol vehicle after the crash. After he was extricated by emergency responders, he was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center to undergo surgery for a skull fracture and internal bleeding, according to police. (Credit: News 12)

LODI - A police officer was critically injured in a crash in Lodi Saturday morning.

It happened on Route 46, across from Christopher Street just before 2 a.m. The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management says a 2012 Ford Fusion struck a Bergen County police officer's vehicle from behind.

According to the prosecutor's office, another Bergen County police cruiser was pulled over in the shoulder of Route 46 with radio troubles. Officer Daniel Breslin pulled alongside within the roadway. The two officers had a brief discussion about what was going wrong when a vehicle driven by Michael Ettz came from behind and struck Breslin's vehicle.

The officer who had originally pulled over removed Ettz, 36, from his wrecked car. After that, the prosecutor says Ettz took off on foot, but was caught a few blocks from the accident scene by Lodi police.

Breslin was trapped in his patrol vehicle after the crash. After he was extricated by emergency responders, he was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center to undergo surgery for a skull fracture and internal bleeding, according to police. He also reportedly suffered broken ribs and is in critical condition.

Ettz, a math teacher and athletics coach at Lodi High School, was also transported to HUMC. Police say he suffered minor injuries and was placed under arrest for DWI.

Vanessa Khourey, a student at Lodi High School, says Ettz was an amazing track and football coach, and that she is upset over the news.

The crash shut down westbound lanes on Route 46 as police investigated.

Ettz was treated and released from HUMC, and is now at the Bergen County Jail.

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