Officer shoots at carjacked SUV that struck cruiser, cars

ELIZABETH -

(AP) - A police officer fired several shots at a stolen SUV after authorities say the driver struck a police cruiser and other vehicles at an accident scene and nearly hit some emergency responders.

Union County prosecutors say 30-year-old Nelson Valentin, of Elizabeth, is charged with causing widespread damage and injury, aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Authorities say police responded to the accident scene in Elizabeth around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. The SUV was carjacked a short time later at a nearby location by someone who also stole cash from the driver.

Authorities say Valentin was driving the SUV when he tried to maneuver around the accident scene.

A telephone number for Valentin could not be located Sunday and it wasn't known if he has retained an attorney.

  

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