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Alleged drunk driver hits Cherry Hill police car

CHERRY HILL TWP. – On early Saturday morning, 49-year-old Brian Hanratty was accused of hitting a police vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Hanratty hit the marked police vehicle after the officer had stopped another driver on Route 70, near West Gate Drive. According to the police, the officer was outside the vehicle when Hanratty’s Toyota Solara hit the car and drove off. He was stopped by the police officers at Route 70 and Wexford almost 2 miles away from the accident spot.

Police charged him for eluding and driving while intoxicated (DWI) among other motor vehicle violations. He was processed and released pending a court appearance.

The incident highlights the importance of New Jersey’s Move Over Law which was implemented in 2009 which is to protect police and others working on roadways, said police. Under the law, the individuals can safely move to a lane not adjacent an authorized emergency vehicle stopped on the road and flashing its red, blue, amber or yellow light. If the individual cannot do so, then he/she must slow down below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop if required.

News Source: www.NJ.com

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