SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A North Brunswick man is facing a slew of charges, including drunk driving, after almost hitting an officer that was investigating a serious car crash on Route 1 Friday morning, police said.

Shawn Morrison, 27, of North Brunswick is charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled dangerous substance believed to be marijuana, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test, reckless driving, two counts of failing to obey officers signals, failure to keep right, driving on a closed roadway, failure to maintain a lane and having a controlled dangerous substance in a vehicle, police said.

The charges came after Morrison allegedly drove his Nissan Maxima around a police car blocking the southbound lanes of Route 1 at Henderson Road at 6:07 a.m. Friday morning.

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Police had Route 1 closed in both directions between Henderson and Beekman roads as emergency crews worked on a serious accident scene at the Deans Lane intersection.

That crash injured eight people, three critically.

According to police, Sgt. Mike Rogers had to move out of the way to avoid being hit by Morrison’s car as he went around the patrol car which blocked the southbound lanes of Route 1.

Sgt. Rogers got into his patrol car and stopped Morrison at New Road, police said.

Morrison was released pending his first court appearance, police said.

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