Jefferson, NJ cop hit by suspected drunk driver

JEFFERSON – A driver has been charged with impaired driving after colliding from behind with a parked Jefferson police vehicle on Route 15 early Sunday morning.

Officer Tyler LaMantia was seated inside the marked vehicle as he witnessed a crash in the northbound lanes near Berkshire Valley Road around 3.05am.

The officer’s car was struck by David Prontnicki, 45, of Budd Lake, Jefferson Police say.

LaMantia was taken to Morristown Medical Center.

Jefferson Township PBA 190 on his Facebook page said LaMantia was released from the hospital.

“We applaud the quick response from our emergency services and partner agencies. Our member is doing well and is no longer in hospital,” the union wrote.

Jefferson Police vehicle rammed on Highway 15 8/28/22

A Jefferson Police vehicle was hit on Highway 15 8/28/22 (Jefferson Police)

Crash footage shows the police SUV with heavy rear damage, including a fallen bumper and misaligned passenger side frame.

Prontnicki was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police have asked anyone with information about the crash to call 973-697-1300.

Jefferson Police vehicle rammed on Highway 15 8/28/22

A Jefferson Police vehicle was hit on Highway 15 8/28/22 (Jefferson Police)

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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