BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ-- The Bordentown Township Police Department announced today that Jason Spencer, age 34, of South Broad Street in Trenton was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after striking a Township officer with his vehicle and fleeing the scene.
This incident occurred yesterday at 5:15 pm after Patrolman Joshua Gardner of the BTPD effectuated a motor vehicle stop of a tractor-trailer on Rising Sun Rd. in the area of the Petro Truck Stop. Once Ptl. Gardner received the truck driver’s credentials, he began walking back to his patrol vehicle which was parked behind the tractor-trailer with its emergency lights activated. At that point a 2020 Buick Regal, operated by Spencer, drove by him at a high rate of speed and its passenger side mirror struck Ptl. Gardner’s right forearm. Spencer did not stop after striking the officer and fled the scene. Ptl. Gardner quickly ran back to his patrol vehicle after being struck, pursued the Buick and apprehended Spencer without incident behind a warehouse on Hedding Road.
Spencer was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer along with violations of the New Jersey Move Over Law, reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, leaving the scene of a collision and failure to report a collision. He was committed to the Burlington County Jail and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Ptl. Gardner sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident and was treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton and released.
“This incident underscores the inherent risk our officers face on a daily basis while performing their duties," BTPD Police Chief Brian Pesce said. "Ptl. Gardner could have been seriously or critically injured and this is a sobering reminder that all drivers must slow down and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle.”