Bergen Officer Daniel Breslin recovers after alleged drunken driver slams cruiser; fellow cops show support

A Bergen County police officer whose patrol car was struck by an alleged drunken driver continues to fight for his life at a local hospital.

Officer Daniel Breslin was sitting in the car

Officer Daniel Breslin was sitting in the car in Lodi Saturday at approximately 2 a.m. when it was struck from behind. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

HACKENSACK - A Bergen County police officer whose patrol car was struck by an alleged drunken driver continues to fight for his life at a local hospital.

Officer Daniel Breslin was sitting in the car in Lodi Saturday at approximately 2 a.m. when it was struck from behind. 

The officer remains in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center, but colleagues say he is showing signs of improvement.

Breslin had stopped to help a fellow officer, pulling alongside him in the westbound lane of Route 46 to help with his radio. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Michael Ettz had been drinking before the accident.

Police say Ettz, a math teacher and coach at Lodi High School, tried to escape on foot but was caught by a Lodi officer.  

Breslin suffered a skull fracture and broken ribs.  He underwent surgery Saturday.

Before joining the Bergen County Police Department, he was an officer in South Hackensack.  

Officers from across the area are showing their support.

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