HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - A Highland Park off-duty cop has been charged in a New Years Eve drunk-driving incident which left three people seriously injured, authorities announced on Wednesday.
Norman E. Brown, 44 of Perth Amboy, faces charges of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Woodbridge Policy Director Robert Hubner.
At Dec. 31 at 1:42 a.m., Brown was traveling on the Route 9 exit ramp to New Brunswick Avenue when he blew a stop sign and slammed into a 2006 Honda Civic, Carey said.
The two occupants of the car, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge and a 22-year-old from Perth Amboy, were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, according to Carey.
A third victim was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital due to the severity of her injuries, Carey added. The identifies of the three victims were not included in the statement.
Brown is scheduled to appear in court on March 1, according to Carey. Having served on the borough police force for 12 years, Brown has an annual salary of $112,355, according to public records.
The borough police website incidents that he is a patrolman.
As this is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information is asked to call Woodbridge Sgt. James Chessere of the Woodbridge Police Department at 732-634-7700 or Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-8842.